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Keystone XL, Energy Exports and Infrastructure

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted February 25, 2015

After more than six years of review, President Obama continues to delay the Keystone XL pipeline, saying bipartisan congressional legislation to advance the project needed to be vetoed to defend process and procedure – a process that now has stretched more than 2,300 days. Keystone XL remains in limbo, despite overwhelming public support, drawing the attention of newspaper editorial boards and columnists across the country:

  • Override Keystone pipeline veto. … The administration has been evaluating Keystone for more than six years. There's just no plausible excuse for the epic delay… It is long past time to just say yes.”(USA TODAY)

  • Mr. Obama is refusing these benefits to bow to the environmental-left fringe that opposes all carbon energy. The reason he gave in a quiet veto message to Congress—no speech, no cameras—was that the bill ‘cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest.’ The Keystone has been in regulatory limbo for about 2,300 days in perhaps the most extensive permitting review in the history of American government.” (The Wall Street Journal)

  • “In one sense, Keystone is unusual: most applications to build pipelines and power lines across the U.S.-Canadian border have been approved swiftly. But in another it is emblematic: the preparation of environmental impact statements and authorisations for major energy infrastructure projects has become a source of lengthy delays. Delay has become the favourite weapon to kill projects to which environmental groups object…” (Reuters, Kemp)

  • “Environmental activists turned what should have been a routine infrastructure question into an existential war, styling it as a test of Mr. Obama’s commitment to fighting climate change.” (The Washington Post)

  • President kills jobs with his pen. … by vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline, the president signed away up to 42,000 good jobs …” (Colorado Springs Gazette)

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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.