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A tanker truck trailer in a field along the Keystone XL pipeline route near Oyen, Alberta, Canada, on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Photo: Bloomberg/Getty Images

The developer of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline abandoned the project Wednesday after a decade-plus effort.

Why it matters: TC Energy's decision ends one of the century's highest profile battles over climate change and energy. But the move is unsurprising.

  • President Biden canceled a cross-border permit in January, prompting TC Energy to suspend construction on the project that would bring hundreds of thousands of barrels per day from Alberta, Canada, to U.S. markets.
  • In addition to strong public and legal opposition from activists, market forces including the U.S. domestic production boom helped sap the project's momentum.

What they're saying: "This project is finally being abandoned thanks to more than a decade of resistance from Indigenous communities, landowners, farmers, ranchers, and climate activists along its route and around the world," said David Turnbull of Oil Change International in a statement.

Yes, but via Reuters: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said: “We remain disappointed and frustrated with the circumstances surrounding the Keystone XL project, including the cancellation of the presidential permit for the pipeline’s border crossing,”

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also supported the project.

Republicans revived criticism of Biden for yanking the project's permit. "President Biden killed the Keystone XL Pipeline and with it, thousands of good-paying American jobs,” said Sen. John Barrasso, the top Republican on the Senate's energy committee.

Catch up quick: TC Energy, then called TransCanada, first proposed the 1,200 mile pipeline well over a decade ago, but resistance mounted throughout the Obama administration.

  • President Obama rejected it in late 2015 after a drawn-out review, claiming approval would undercut U.S. leadership on climate change (among other reasons).

The decision came despite a State Department finding that approving or denying the project would not have a major effect on emissions because it was unlikely to affect the rate of oil sands extraction.

President Trump revived the project in 2017, but it still faced legal battles.

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Des Moines drivers petition to reverse recent "road diet" project

Tire marks, broken pieces from vehicle bumpers and damage to signs show evidence of multiple vehicular crashes to the concrete curb bump-outs added along Euclid Avenue recently. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Des Moines' latest "road diet" isn't sitting well for some drivers who are lobbying for the city to undo changes made in a pilot street project.

Why it matters: The $200K project completed just weeks ago in Highland Park's business corridor was devised as a way to calm traffic and improve safety following concerns about speeding, as well as crash rates that were nearly double the statewide average.

  • But critics contend it's poorly designed and dangerous.

Judge nixes Gulf of Mexico oil leases in climate-focused ruling

Tug boats prepare to tow the semi-submersible drilling platform Noble Danny Adkins through the Port Aransas Channel into the Gulf of Mexico on December 12, 2020 in Port Aransas, Texas. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

A federal judge on Thursday canceled the Biden administration's late 2021 sale of new oil-and-gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

Why it matters: The ruling that the greenhouse gas emissions analysis by the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was insufficient is a win for green groups that challenged the decision, as they seek to curb fossil fuel production.

45 million Americans under winter storm watches near New England

Computer model projection showing the winds moving around the powerful East Coast storm on Saturday Jan. 29, 2022. Credit: https://earth.nullschool.net

Nearly 45 million Americans are under winter weather alerts and warnings from North Carolina to northeastern Maine Thursday night, as a major winter storm threatens the region.

Why it matters: It is predicted to be the biggest blizzard since 2018 to strike the Northeast with more than 2 feet of snow possible in parts of eastern Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service.