Obama Rejects XL Keystone Pipeline – Not in the National Interest

The State Department announced that President Obama has denied the Keystone XL pipeline stating that it was not int the national interest at this time .  The Keystone pipeline, would have  created 20,000 jobs and infused billions of dollars into the economy.  Obama gave some indication during his jobs council meeting yesterday that he would probably not approve the project.

This appears to be another political move by the President, blaming Republicans for pressing for the decision and not leaving enough time to assess the environmental impact.  Fact is that the State Department has been studying this project for almost three years and last year Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a speech in California said she was inclined to approve the project.  The rerouting in Nebraska has also been agreed to between the Nebraska legislature and TranCanada Pipeline.

Obama said about the rejection:  “I’m disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision.”

While Republicans pressed for the decision by February 21st, there was no timeline on the rerouting portion of the pipeline in Nebraska.  So that argument is bogus.

State Department Statement

“Today, the Department of State recommended to President Obama that the presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline be denied and, that at this time, the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline be determined not to serve the national interest.  The President concurred with the Department’s recommendation, which was predicated on the fact that the Department does not have sufficient time to obtain the information necessary to assess whether the project, in its current state, is in the national interest.”

Speaker John Boehner reacted with a tweet:

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MT @RepSchilling 20000 jobs lost on Keystone + 1000 jobs

lost on Solyndra + unemployment above 8% for 35 months = one shoddy record on jobs.

When the payroll tax reduction extension was approved Republicans had included a requirement for the President to make a decision within 60 days, which would have brought the deadline to February 21st.
According to reports, even though the pipeline is rejected at this time, Canada can reapply for another permit using a different route through Nebraska.  A new route had already been agreed to by TransCanada Pipelines and the Nebraska legislature.
In the meantime Canada is in the process of approving a project that would run from Alberta to the West Coast in British Columbia.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper is on a tour of Asia trying to diversify Canadian energy markets.

There are reports Washington is set to announce a major development in the Keystone XL pipeline saga.

Reporting from the American capital, CTV Washington Bureau chief Paul Workman said it appears U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration is poised to reject the controversial pipeline project.

“We’re told that the U.S. State Department, this afternoon, will formally say that it is not going to approve a permit for the XL pipeline project,” Workman told CTV News Channel.  CTV Canada

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