By Ben Geman - 08/09/13 08:51 PM EDT
In late June Obama said he would only approve Keystone if it would not “significantly exacerbate” carbon pollution on a “net” basis – comments that quickly prompted furious speculation about how he would apply the test.
But the Friday press conference, which began with Obama making lengthy remarks before questions could surface, focused on Russia, surveillance, immigration and other topics.
On Keystone, the State Department is leading the federal review of the proposed pipeline that would bring oil from Canadian oil sands projects across the border en route to Gulf Coast refineries.
But the final decision on the cross-border permit is expected to be made in the West Wing.