The world knows that Ambassador Doer has been a cheerleader for the Keystone pipeline. So his writing a support letter for Keystone XL is not really a news story.
What makes his letter to the US State Department interesting was a two line statement buried in a three page letter. Doer wrote:
“Our energy and environment officials are currently assessing common energy issues, including potential oil and gas issues, which we could usefully address together.”
At beginning of 2013, we reported on the efforts of a group of Canadian politicians who blitzed Washington pressuring for a favourable decision on Keystone XL. During discussions with high-ranking members of the US administration hints were dropped that approval would be easier if the Canadian Government showed it was serious about regulating GHG emissions from the tar sands.
Premier Redford of Alberta was negative about further regulation. She stated that she was proud of Alberta’s management of the tar sands. She wrote a column for the business newspaper US Today “Keystone was Responsible oil Sands Development.”