Republicans continue call for Obama to approve pipeline
March 30th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Republicans continue call for Obama to approve pipeline

(CNN) – Republicans pressed President Barack Obama again Saturday to approve the controversial proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska said in the weekly Republican address the Keystone pipeline "is primed to give our economy a shot in the arm and make energy more affordable – and it won't cost the taxpayers a dime."

The Obama administration rejected a permit in January 2012 for the northern leg of the pipeline that crosses the U.S.-Canada border. The administration turned down the proposal, but said an alternate route from Nebraska had yet to be decided.

Opponents of the northern leg say there's too high a risk for potential water and soil contamination from the 500,000 to 700,000 barrels of crude oil that would traverse the pipeline each day. Critics also say the type of oil from the tar sands would release more greenhouse gases than the average transportation fuels sold or distributed in the United States.

While the entire 1,700 mile pipeline was not approved, Obama last March moved to fast-track the southern portion of the pipeline that runs from Oklahoma to the Gulf.

TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, began construction on that portion in August.

In his address, Terry said Obama's administration was blocking the full pipeline "using every bureaucratic trick and excuse in the book."

"It's now been more than 1,600 days since the initial permits were filed for building the pipeline," Terry said. "To put that in perspective, it took the United States a little more than 1,300 days to win World War II, and it took Lewis and Clark about 1,100 days to walk the Louisiana Purchase and back."

CNN's Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. 2012liberal

    Let the next republican president pass it. Laughable as long as states dont start changing electorial counts. Watch out ppl that's their next gerrymandering.

    March 30, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. gerry luimes

    Nice to observe the people's negative response to this sludge line. The Republicans will have to learn to sing a somewhat more humble and thoughtful tone !

    March 30, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Why build a pipeline clear across the country? Why not build a refinery in Minnesota? The oil industry has America by the sac, why shouldn't they be called upon to invest in their own infrastructure with some of the record profits they've been posting of late?

    March 30, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. fedup

    bad idea, it creates good paying jobs and we cannot have them. This is the main reason why O bama wants no part of it. Good paying jobs mean less dependency on the government, which means less votes. Th e truth hurts

    March 30, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Terry

    Why not have the oil industry build a refinery in Minnesota. They need expanded production facilities, have America by the sack, and have been reaping record profits. Why risk the environment? Jobs building an oil refinery equal jobs laying pipe to the Gulf Coast oil refineries. Or does the GOP just want to continue to subsidize corporate welfare?

    March 30, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. rs

    The pipeline is redundant. It isn't needed!
    The lousy oil moves currently by rail, very effectively. The pipeline will mean the loss of private properties along the route, huge risks for spillage, and doesn't do one single thing for our energy security- it only serves Canada and big oil.

    Just more big business pandering by the Right!

    March 30, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. don

    Doesn't his pipeline actually allow exports of Canadian oil to China or elsewhere and, by facilitating that demand, tend
    to raise prices for crude to U.S. refiners? Why are the opponents of this only arguing environmental issues. It's not even close to beneficial for U.S. citizens.

    March 30, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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