March 11, 2013

Conflict of Interest Found in State Dept Report on Keystone XL

The environmental impact statement the State Department just released on the Keystone XL pipeline was written by a private consulting firm that is being paid by the pipeline's owner. The firm has links to Exxon Mobil, TransCanada, the Koch Brothers and BP. 

This obviously raises concerns about conflicts of interest with the report itself, but it also highlights the problems with turning government work and analysis over to private firms with possible financial ties to other private entities who may be affected by that work and analysis.

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