Obama feels the election heat – approves part of pipeline

February 28, 2012 05:27

Rising gas prices have put Obama’s anti-energy administration in the headlines and given GOP candidates a reason to turn their fire on him. Trying to look like he is doing SOMETHING Obama capitulates on a part of the pipeline even though that part will not get any Canadian oil to the US. – Washington Times

By Tim Devaney and Susan Crabtree – The Washington Times


The White House on Monday hailed the news that a scaled-down portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that would stretch from Oklahoma to Texas will move ahead, but the president’s critics said the move only underscored the need to approve the entire Canada-to-Texas project.

Calgary-based TransCanada, which is building the pipeline, said it could move ahead with the southern leg of the proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline because it did not cross the U.S. border, thus did not need Mr. Obama’s approval. The shorter pipeline is expected to cost roughly $2.3 billion and create some 4,000 jobs and will be completed next year.

But the move appeared unlikely to quiet the fierce criticism the White House has faced from congressional Republicans and business and labor groups who have lobbied hard for the pipeline.


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