The Canadian government has approved the Northern Gateway oil pipeline from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia, despite protests from environmental groups. The Northern Gateway pipeline would carry 500,000 barrels of bitumen a day, compared to the Keystone XL pipeline at 700,000. Keystone XL’s approval is still under dispute in Washington.
To learn more about Keystone XL and large-scale oil pipelines check out our interview with journalist Ryan Lizza. He explains the environmental consequences, the Canadian energy industry, and what Obama can do about this issue.
Photo of cranes in a port in British Columbia by Julie Gordon/ Reuters via NYT