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Friday, February 21, 2014

No Keystone XL commitment from North American leaders, but the monarch butterfly will be safe -- By Ashe Schow, The Washington Examiner

At least something important came from the meetings between President Obama, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

It might not have been an agreement to build the Keystone XL pipeline, but the leaders will be working together to preserve the monarch butterfly. It's about time, right?
“[I]n the area of sustainability, we have also agreed to work on the preservation of the monarch butterfly. It is a landmark species in North America,” Peña Nieto said. “This is a species present in our three countries, and we have agreed to work a task force with a presentation from our three countries to preserve the monarch butterfly.”

Now, monarch populations in Mexico's sanctuary have been declining recently -- with a 44 percent drop from a year ago -- but do world leaders really need to step in at this point?

Meanwhile, America's unemployment rate remains high and is only falling due to the number of people who have given up looking for work. Maybe that should be a bigger focus?

Although Obama talked about working with Mexico and Canada to improve trade and the economy, it appears no progress was made on the Keystone XL pipeline.

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