NEWS: USA Today: Heitkamp warns Obama on Keystone XL Pipeline approval

September 27, 2013

Senate Democrat Laments President’s Keystone Delays

"The Keystone Pipeline decision has taken longer than it took us to defeat Hitler. There’s just something wrong with the process… He's having a very difficult time to find a real, factual, legal reason to deny the permit." 

–Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)

Heitkamp warns Obama on Keystone XL Pipeline approval
September 27, 2013

WASHINGTON — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a freshman Democrat from North Dakota, is ready to take on President Obama over the long-delayed approval for the Keystone XL Pipeline — and she predicts her side will prevail.

"We know that we have the votes here in the Senate; we certainly have the votes in the House," she told USA TODAY on Thursday. "In fact, I think we could build enough votes to override a veto." …

"The Keystone Pipeline decision has taken longer than it took us to defeat Hitler," she said. "There's just something wrong with this process."

Obama "got himself painted into the corner" by environmentalists who oppose the pipeline, she said. "He's having a very difficult time to find a real, factual, legal reason to deny the permit."

The pipeline, which would carry millions of gallons of crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries, has been waiting for five years for the Obama administration permit required because it crosses an international border. Opponents argue that constructing the pipeline and extracting more oil from the Alberta oil sands will cause serious environmental damage. Supporters say it would create jobs and enhance energy independence.

Heitkamp is equally caustic about regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency to limit emissions in new power plants, saying administration policies consistently reflect "an irrational dislike of coal."

"As the technology delivers, there's going to be an appropriate response to the concerns of the American public about carbon. It's just not there yet," she said. "This rule will do precious little to deal with a carbon problem as they see it. It really becomes, 'We're going to burden the American public and the consuming industries ... to no good environmental end.'" …

Read the full article online HERE.

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