A Political Delay for Keystone

The Keystone XL pipeline could deliver safe and affordable energy supplies from Canada to Texas refineries, bringing in 830,000 barrels of oil a day and helping to create or support 20,000 American jobs.

For five years, however, the Obama Administration has been dragging its feet. On Friday, they announced yet another delay—conveniently, one that would take them past the mid-term elections. The President is in a bind here. Multiple reports by his own Administration have concluded that the pipeline won’t increase greenhouse gas emissions, and that it has “a degree of safety greater than any typically constructed domestic oil pipeline.” Keystone XL also has widespread bipartisan support. It’s time for the President to stop putting unproven environmentalist claims ahead of American jobs and safe and affordable energy for American families.

 

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