Posted April 24, 2014
Keystone XL’s Continued Delay is Absurd
Washington Post: If foot-dragging were a competitive sport, President Obama and his administration would be world champions for their performance in delaying the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Last Friday afternoon, the time when officials make announcements they hope no one will notice, the State Department declared that it is putting off a decision on Keystone XL indefinitely — or at least, it seems, well past November’s midterm elections. This time, the excuse is litigation in Nebraska over the proposed route, because that might lead to a change in the project that various federal agencies will want to consider. The State Department might even decide to substantially restart the environmental review process. This is yet another laughable reason to delay a project that the federal government has been scrutinizing for more than five years.
At this point, there is little doubt about the big picture. After two thorough environmental analyses, State Department experts determined that the pipeline’s impact probably would be minimal, even on climate change-inducing carbon dioxide emissions. The economic rewards of extracting Canadian oil are too attractive and the options for getting it out of the country are too numerous. We would rather see Canadian crude traveling a well-built, well-regulated pipeline in the United States than on the rail cars, barges and ocean tankers that will move it until cheaper options inevitably come online.
Read more: http://wapo.st/1nsjbQk
More industry news:
Stalling Keystone Will Hurt U.S, Canadian Economies, Canada’s Finance Minister Says: http://bit.ly/1gUaEyf
Ex-Obama Official Urges Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline: http://bit.ly/1jHoG71
Chuck Todd: ‘Pure Politics’ Delayed Keystone Pipeline: http://bit.ly/1pu1DFj
Fracking Moratorium Could Hurt California’s Economy: http://bit.ly/QHEuiP
Shale Boom Sends U.S. Crude Supply to Highest Since 1930s: http://bloom.bg/Pxegid
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Schaper is a Digital Communications Manager for the American Petroleum Institute. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Digital Director and for Senator Lisa Murkowski. Before coming to D.C., she spearheaded digital strategy for Murkowski's successful Senate write-in campaign in 2010. Schaper enjoys traveling and taking in the local culture alongside her husband, their son and loyal springer spaniel.