pipeline decision looms, White House suggests deadline is too soon
all-but-certain battle over the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline is
approaching as the White House signals resistance to a new Feb. 21
approval of the project and interest groups step up their campaigns.
House agreed to the new deadline as a part of Republican language
the recently passed payroll tax cut extension, but with that deadline
looming, the White House appears hesitant to meet it.
Department has been very clear that that does not allow for the kinds
reviews that are necessary,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said last
the fast approaching deadline.
Department has the final say in approval of the pipeline because it
international borders. It has been reviewing the proposal for three
supporters say that several environmental reviews of the proposed
already been conducted and that the White House is stonewalling under
pressures from two of its core constituencies -- on one hand big labor,
wants a piece of the thousands of jobs the pipeline would bring, and
on the other hand, who abhor the further reliance on fossil fuels that
pipeline would bring.
the White House, congressional Republicans and their allies in the oil
-- headed by the American Petroleum Institute -- have begun a media
support of the pipeline.
An ad run
by API begins with the voice of a narrator saying Obama “promised,”
a statement from the president that he “will do whatever it takes to
economy back on track.”
continues: “Now is his chance. The Keystone XL pipeline is ready to be
bringing energy from Canada to power our country safely and responsibly
employing thousands immediately.”
video is now running on the website of House Speaker John Boehner. It
a music soundtrack and written text which reads, “If you were president
struggling economy, burdened with excessive regulation and debt, and
the chance to help create thousands of new jobs, all you had to do was
a jobs project funded entirely with private investment, proposed more
three years ago, passed environmental reviews, preferred by your own
Department, strong bipartisan support in Congress, what would you do?”
have accused Boehner of investing $10,000 to $50,000 each in several
firms that have a stake in Canadian oil sands. Boehner’s spokesman
Steel said in a recent interview that Boehner’s financial adviser
investments so “there’s no conflict of interest on this or any other
At the same
time, North Dakota Republican Sen. John Hoeven, a pipeline supporter
delivered the party’s weekly address on Saturday, has written
would allow Congress to approve the pipeline, even if the Obama
dismissed the White House contention that the deadline next month does
permit enough time for environmental review.
could be further from the truth,” Hoeven said. “Our bill puts no time
whatsoever on the administration’s ability to review and set the
route through Nebraska, which was the only area of contention left.”
are confident that the State Department will reject the pipeline given
they believe is the narrow timeframe for review. They plan a Capitol
later this month targeting congressional supporters of the pipeline.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has promised that he would consider
from Canadian tar sands to Asian customers if the U.S. rejects the
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