04/26/2014 11:59 EDT | Updated 04/26/2014 11:59 EDT

Canada's Threats, Whining And Naivete Botched Keystone XL

The Washington Monument backdrops a protest banner against the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, by an alliance of Native Americans, cowboys, ranchers and farmers, Thursday, April 24, 2014, on the National Mall in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Jane Kleeb was about as blunt as you can get.

“TransCanada fumbled things from the beginning,” the Nebraskan activist said. “If they would have listened to the majority of Nebraskans they would have had that pipeline in the ground. Now no route is a good route for us.”

Sept. 17, 2008, when TransCanada filed its first application for a presidential permit for the 1,900-kilometre Keystone XL pipeline, it looked like a no-brainer. In a country obsessed with energy security, Keystone offered a dependable supply of Canadian heavy oil for decades to come. Keystone One had been approved without a glitch. So why not Keystone XL?