WASHINGTON, DC -Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today reaffirmed their commitment to getting the Keystone XL pipeline built despite President Obama's decision this week to reject the project. Members expressed their deep disappointment in the president's choice to say no to a project that would create tens of thousands of jobs and bring nearly a million barrels of secure oil to this country each day.
Energy and Commerce Members Speak Out Against President's Pipeline Obstruction, Make Clear that Congress is Ready to Move ForwardJanuary 20, 2012 | Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today released a comprehensive progress report on the panel's key activities for 2011. The year-end report was provided to committee members and the House Republican leadership.
CAUGHT ON TAPE: Solyndra Destroying Millions of Dollars of Materials with Bankruptcy Trustee’s BlessingJanuary 20, 2012 | Press Release
Rep. Cliff Stearns, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, expressed outrage upon learning of the news report:
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) announced today that Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environment and Scientific Affairs, will testify at next week's subcommittee hearing to explain why the Department recommended the president reject the permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline. Jones was the primary point person in charge of the pipeline's permit process at State.
WASHINGTON, DC - House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today outlined new plans to move forward on the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline, scheduling a hearing one week from today and announcing their intent to move forward on legislation that will restart the project after it was rejected today by President Obama. The committee invited Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify on the review her Department has completed as Congress looks at options to restart the project now that the president decided he cannot approve it.
Bearing bad news, the president called Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to inform him that he would not approve the Presidential Permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Instead of saying "˜yes' to thousands of American jobs and a secure energy source, the president told Harper he needed more time and would reconsider the project under a new application. Disappointed by the president's rejection, Canada is not waiting around for the president to finally make up his mind. The administration has already had over three years to review the project and issue a decision.