The chairman of the Senate energy committee said she thinks President Barack Obama will reject the Keystone XL pipeline to protect his legacy on climate change.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, said Keystone has become a symbol of the administration’s commitment to addressing global warming, and she doesn’t think Obama will approve the pipeline in advance of global climate talks in Paris later this year.
“I don’t see a scenario where the president would sign off on Keystone,” Murkowski, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, told Bloomberg editors and reporters Thursday in Washington.
“We’re all trying to read tea leaves out there.”
The pipeline “just doesn’t fit with the president’s climate initiative,” she said, noting the plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants that was released earlier this week by the Environmental Protection Agency.