White House – Obama did not stop Keystone Pipeline
As the national average price for a gallon of gas climbs past $3.91 in San Francisco and one gas station in Washington, D.C. reportedy charging $5.00, President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel construction of the XL oil pipeline has been repeatedly attacked by the GOP, and some Democratic-allied unions representing construction workers.
The GOP and unions representing construction workers say Obama cancelled the pipeline, and up to 20,000 well-paying jobs, to please his environmentalist supporters as the 2012 election draws closer.
However, Jay Carney, a spokesman from the White House said Tuesday the President didn’t stop the Keystone XL oil pipeline – Republicans did.
At the White House Daily Press Briefing Tuesday Carney said “The President didn’t turn down the Keystone Pipeline.” He said “There was a process in place with long precedent, run out of the State Department because of the issue of a pipeline crossing an international boundary, that required an amount of time for proper review after an alternate route was deemed necessary through Nebraska, at the request of the Republican governor of Nebraska and other stakeholders in Nebraska and the region, that needed to take its – that needed to play out to be done appropriately. You can’t review and approve a pipeline, the route for which doesn’t even exist.”
“The delay was the result of a decision made to honor the concerns of those in Nebraska, including the Republican governor, who felt that the proposed pipeline associated with the permit request ran through a portion of Nebraska that would threaten the aquifer – threaten the water supply in Nebraska said Carney. “The decision was then made to delay approval, delay the process to allow for examination of alternate routes.”