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Alberta’s Premier fires back after Keystone XL rejection

Rachel Notley says the decision reinforces the message that Canada must ramp up its actions to combat climate change



EDMONTON—Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she is not surprised by U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

But Notley says she is disappointed that he chose to disparage Alberta’s main export product as “dirty oil.”

Notley says it’s confusing logic, given that Canada exports about three million barrels of oil to the United States every day.

The Keystone line would have taken Alberta crude across North America to ports and refineries in Texas—a critical access point to get oil overseas.

Obama says the economic benefits to the pipeline did not outweigh the environmental risks.

Notley says that reinforces the message that Canada must ramp up its actions to combat climate change so that future infrastructure projects are judged on their economic merits alone.

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