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In Boston, we have the more real-estate value at risk [to rising sea levels] than any American city besides New Orleans, Miami, and New York. And we’ve seen what’s happened there [due to storm surges and flooding]. I don’t see increasing the risk of that for about the same number of jobs it takes to build and run a medium-sized mall.

— Tedd Saunders, who runs a chain of hotels headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, explaining why he opposes the Keystone XL pipeline project (via Businessweek’s Silicon Valley’s elite comes out against the Keystone XL pipeline).