Keystone XL pipeline stopped — for now

Pipeline protest.Photo: Ben PowlessThe pols and pundits said it was a done deal: The U.S. State Department would rubber-stamp plans for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar-sands crude 1,700 miles from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas. But thousands of activists, concerned citizens, and pissed-off people descended on D.C., amassed in the Midwest, and made a big enough stink that Obama decided to punt the final decision until after the 2012 election. Hey, these days, that counts as a win! [UPDATE: After the payroll-tax-holiday mayhem, we don’t know how this will play out, but, despite some pessimism from greens, there’s good reason for pipeline-haters to be optimistic.]