Obama: GOP forced rejection of Keystone XL

Basically, he says that because Congressional Republicans forced his hand through legislation to reach a decision within 60 days — the State Dept. did not have enough time to do a proper environmental review of an alternative route around the Sandhills — and therefore could not conclude that it was in the national interest.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 18, 2012

 

Statement by the President on the Keystone XL Pipeline

 

Earlier today, I received the Secretary of State’s recommendation on the pending application for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment.  As a result, the Secretary of State has recommended that the application be denied.  And after reviewing the State Department’s report, I agree.

 

This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people.  I’m disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision, but it does not change my Administration’s commitment to American-made energy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil.  Under my Administration, domestic oil and natural gas production is up, while imports of foreign oil are down.  In the months ahead, we will continue to look for new ways to partner with the oil and gas industry to increase our energy security –including the potential development of an oil pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf of Mexico – even as we set higher efficiency standards for cars and trucks and invest in alternatives like biofuels and natural gas.  And we will do so in a way that benefits American workers and businesses without risking the health and safety of the American people and the environment.

 




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Obama: GOP forced rejection of Keystone XL

  1. This is really not bad news for Canada, and in the long term, not bad for the US—-and not so bad for TRP.—–they will continue to pay dividends and their stock will rebound shortly, but Obama`s stock fell sharply today.

  2. I know it’s only a poitical excuse for Obama but thanks anyway for providing the political cover for him Republicans He’d have done it anyway but, so! Did he give you no other choice?

     If this isn’t the dumbest collection of Rep candidates in many a long year i’d like to know when it was?

  3. Well played TransCanada and the Republicans! 

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