To sum it up, Bill McKibben has confidence in the opposition of the KXL, even though uncertainty has plagued Washington. The KXL battle is boiling down to whether President Obama will step in and claim his “climate legacy” or wait until the Senate makes a preponderant decision. Bill McKibben reassures us that the environmentalist opposition is growing stronger and expanding into bigger energy-related issues. On the other side, Republicans are using powerful rhetoric to narrow the argument and Canada just launched a multi-million dollar marketing campaign. What is for certain is the results of the KXL will significantly alter the environmental crusade. As McKibben hints at, approving the pipeline will lock us into a fossil-fuel based future, while rejecting it vindicates us as climate leaders.
President Obama’s equivocation may really be an indirect way of committing to his all-of-the-above energy strategy, of which oil and gas remains a considerable component. General Electric, who has recently made a huge breakthroughs in clean wind energy with its Brilliant Machines, has taken queues: GE just invested billions in fracking.