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The Keystone delay [Editorial]

The Keystone delay [Editorial]

Last week's announcement by the U.S. State Department that a decision over the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline will be delayed pending a legal challenge in Nebraska was a prudent step that was also politically convenient for President Barack Obama and certain incumbent Senate Democrats. But whether politics or pragmatism motivated the choice, it was still the correct one, and it doesn't necessarily alter the project's timeline.

The notion that ground might be broken for the Keystone this summer was, pardon the expression, a pipe dream anyway. Nebraska's highest court isn't expected to hear a lawsuit brought by landowners against the project until September at the earliest. A...