The United States formally denied a request on Wednesday to pause the review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, a decision expected to lead to the project's rejection by the Obama administration.
TransCanada Corp's request to the State Department for a delay was seen by many as an attempt to postpone the decision until after President Barack Obama left office and a new president more friendly to the plan took over in 2017.
The White House declined to comment on the State Department's decision.
There was a lot of hand wringing after news broke about Transcanada's request, with many fearing it was a strategic move to keep the deal alive until a Republican won the White House.
However it appears that most of that concern was for naught.
I think that much like that drilling project by Shell in the Arctic, that President Obama has had a plan all along, and as usual played it close to the vest.
I have every confidence that he is going to going to kill this pipeline deal, and therefore relieve Hillary of the responsibility, and secure his legacy as a warrior against climate change.