President Barack Obama made a full-throated endorsement of global warming philosophy on Tuesday, saying during an afternoon speech that placed him on the forefront of an intensified worldwide debate about energy sources – and about the thorny question of whether the earth is warming because of human activity.

The president announced that he falls firmly in the ‘yes’ camp. ‘As a president, as a father and as an American,’ he said, ‘I’m here to say, we need to act.’

But simultaneously, a senior administration official told MailOnline shortly before his address that Obama would direct the U.S. State Department to approve the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline, provided it doesn’t increase net carbon emissions.

‘It’s coming,’ a second source – this one in the State Department – said, speaking on condition of anonymity because she is not authorized to speak publicly about policy matters.

‘Keystone is a done deal. EPA gets what it wants, I suppose, and we get to trade more with the Canadians, and less with the Venezuelans. Everybody wins but Chavez.’

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