The Keystone Report

In an interview with Stephen Colbert, President Obama warns of the Keystone XL pipeline's contribution to climate change.

December 09, 2014

President Obama and comedian Stephen Colbert talked some serious (and some seriously unserious) policy on last night's Colbert Report—including a discussion of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would funnel Canadian tar sands oil through the United States for export abroad. The president stressed the need to measure the project's meager job benefits against "whether or not it is going to contribute to an overall warming of the planet that could be disastrous." (Spoiler: It will.) Though he spoke critically of KXL, Obama neglected to say whether he will put the presidential kibosh on the pipeline when the time comes. (He's been saying for a while now that he wants to wait for the project's review process to play itself out.) Listen to—and cheer on—his disparaging remarks in the clip below, beginning at 4:30.

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