What Obama's new environmental rules mean for Keystone XL

Environmentalists, many of whom have zip-tied themselves to the fence of the White House in...

Environmentalists, many of whom have zip-tied themselves to the fence of the White House in Washington, rally and call on U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline in this March 2, 2014 file photo. (REUTERS/Mike Theiler/Files)

Jessica Murphy, Senior Washington Correspondent

, Last Updated: 12:21 AM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sweeping new anti-pollution standards on U.S. power plants may pave the way for U.S. President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline or quash it, depending on who you talk to.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed regulations targeting greenhouse gas emissions Tuesday in Washington.

And while David Wilkins, former U.S. ambassador to Canada, said doesn't believe the two are directly linked, he said "there's a school of thought that says the president coming out with very stringent EPA rules — and he's done that now — would give him cover to then approve KXL."

The cuts — billed as a cornerstone of Obama's legacy on combatting climate change — will require states to slash power plant emissions 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.


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