The State Department has just released a final environmental study of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that increases the odds that the long-debated project will win approval from the Obama administration, representing a major disappointment to climate activists.
Today's study contains findings similar to those of a March draft, which found that the project would not cause a major expansion of production from Canada's carbon-rich oil sands. However, it contains some additional language that could support environmentalists' criticisms of the project.
The report is not the final word on Keystone -- the State Department still must study whether building the Canada-to-Texas pipeline would be in the U.S. national interest, with the final call going to Secretary of State John Kerry. There is no deadline for a final decision.