President Barack Obama announced Friday that after seven years of deliberation, there will be no Keystone XL—a controversial pipeline that would have transported oil 1,179 miles from tar sands in Canada all the way to the Texas Gulf Coast.
The project was estimated to cost around $8 billion, and the president already vetoed a bill for the pipeline in February, unconvinced that the pipeline served "the national interest." On Friday, Obama said that "shipping dirtier crude oil into our country would not increase America's energy security."
Obama cited climate change as playing a part in his decision to reject the pipeline, and emphasized the need for clean energy alternatives. His Clean Power Plan, announced in early August, is supposed to "reduce pollution from power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030," according to the White House's Twitter account. By that year, the administration says, it will prevent "up to 3,600 premature deaths, 1,700 non-fatal heart attacks, 90,000 asthma attacks in kids, and 300,000 missed work and school days."
Once Obama's fixed that, maybe he can set his sights on the hangovers that are ravaging our great nation.