Republicans, backed by court order throw Keystone XL oil pipeline at ObamaChris Middlebrooks (Author) Published Date : Jan 10, 2015 23:45 IST
The Nebraska s Supreme Court and Congressional Republicans have thrown the Keystone XL oil pipeline project back at President Obama even as it became obvious that the presidency is not too eager to sign approval for the pipeline project. This is the sixth year running that the people of Nebraska expect Obama to have approved the oil pipeline project nearly as long as the president has held office. However, Obama claims bureaucratic formalities and parochial issues in Nebraska have delayed the project from taking off, but skeptics believe the race for Obama s re-election race in 2012 was the main reason behind his reluctance to approve the pipeline from taking off. It's time for the State Department and the president to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, however they decide, because six years is beyond long enough, said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, among the Democrats supporting the pipeline. Last year April, President Obama suspended the action of the State Department to review the pipeline project which would start in Canada citing the fact that the routes to be taken by the pipeline is still uncertain. However, the Nebraska Supreme Court threw out the case and allowed for the pipeline to be routed through the state as initially planned. The State Department promises to review the project starting from where it stopped, but Republicans and Democrats are not interested in waiting any longer because they do not know how long the review might last. The presidency is of the opinion that the pipeline project is only a proxy battle for global warming, and Obama maintains he d only be willing to approve the project if there would be reduced carbon dioxide emissions. A vote against Keystone sends the signal that our government is taking the science of climate change and risk analysis seriously, said Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. Business groups and the energy industry insist Obama is toying with an 48 billion project that could provide thousands of jobs for Americans, but Obama would not agree with this view nor concede that the pipeline would reduce US dependence on foreign oil. I think that there's been this tendency to really hype this thing as some magic formula to what ails the U.S. economy, Obama had said in a December news conference. However, Sen. John Hoeven, the sponsor of the Keystone XL bill in the Senate desires for Obama to approve the pipeline project as a good-faith measure of working together with Republicans out of mutual compromise. That would show some willingness on his part to start working together, Hoeven said. He's got to start working with Congress.
Republicans, backed by court order throw Keystone XL oil pipeline at Obama