President’s Hometown Paper on Latest KXL Delay: “Bad for Americans Who Would Like to Have a Job.”

April 23, 2014

Although the Keystone clock stands at 2,042 days since TransCanada first filed its application to construct the landmark pipeline, the project has now been delayed indefinitely by the Obama administration. This, despite over 22,000 pages of exhaustive review by the State Department that confirmed the “all-of-the-above” project is safe and will have limited environmental impacts. As Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) commented last Friday upon learning of the latest delay, “All Keystone XL requires is a simple 'yes' or 'no,' but after over 2,000 days, the administration is still incapable of making a decision, putting politics ahead of jobs - not exactly a profile in courage.” The president’s hometown Chicago Tribune today also highlighted the harm the Obama administration’s needless delays are causing to job creation.

April 23, 2014

EDITORIAL: Another excuse to stall the Keystone XL decision

Obama administration finds another reason to stall a decision on Keystone XL

Last week the Obama administration jumped on a court ruling in Nebraska to delay a federal decision one more time on the Keystone XL pipeline. You could almost hear the president saying, thank you Cornhuskers!

Or in this case, Cornhusker, singular. …

The State Department had been expected to determine in the next few weeks if it would recommend the Keystone pipeline on a route that crosses from Canada into the U.S. heartland. But State Department officials announced an indefinite delay because of the Nebraska court case.

That's puzzling, given that Bloomberg News reported recently that the State Department had decided the Nebraska case wouldn't affect its review of Keystone. It is the job of the State Department to determine if the project serves the national interest. All signs have pointed to 'yes.' In January, the State Department released its final environmental report on the project, which concluded that the project would have minimal impact.

Now State has decided to sit on its hands. Officials said they will take the time to review the 2.5 million public comments they've received. We can envision the folks at State staging long, slow, breathy dramatic readings of those comments because ... they ... have ... all ... the ... time ... in ... the ... world. …

But the delay is bad for Americans who would like to have a job.

This project — already five years in discussions — would link oil sands in the Canadian province of Alberta to American ports and refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. It would make the North American energy industry more efficient. It would improve safety by delivering oil via pipeline rather than the current, riskier practice of shipping it by train. It would put people to work. …

The State Department doesn't have to wait for Nebraska to settle its state legal wrangling. The State Department should make it's decision on national interest now, so when the dust settles in Nebraska, this energy-driving, job-producing project, can, finally, become a reality.

Read the complete editorial online HERE.

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