Published On: Fri, Feb 24th, 2012

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.”

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  1. anthony says:

    The truth is that Obama by strangling domestic oil production has deliberately run up domestic oil prices and the first consequences of his unreasonable steps can be seen right now. The pipeline should have been approved to give our economy a boost it needs right now considering that the energy sector in Canada has recently been on the rise. Unfortunately, Obama gave up that opportunity and now he is left with little alternative but to look for other solutions such as higher taxes for the rich and the biggest corporations to reduce the budget deficit. After a series of unreasonable steps comes outright discrimination. What a policy!

  2. Florian Schach Engage America says:

    We need to take this Keystone Project a bit more seriously when we’re talking about providing more jobs for people who have been out of work for a long time. The projection of a 20,000 surge of jobs in infrastructure actually falls right in line with our economic goals (http://bit.ly/sogpoX). The fact that we are considering leaving this many Americans hanging, not to mention those who could spark businesses around the pipeline is quite the head scratcher. We should consider closely whom we are not giving the chance to return to a state of normalcy before completely rejecting this project.

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