Obama Accelerate Approval of Keystone To Deflect Criticism of Rising Gas Price
President Barack Obama firmly defended his record on oil drilling Thursday, ordering the government to fast-track an Oklahoma pipeline while accusing Congress of playing politics with a larger Canada-to-Gulf Coast project.
Rising fuel costs are threatening to derail Obama’s hopes of winning re-election in November, and Republicans have honed in on his decision to block TransCanada Corp’s Canada-to-Texas pipeline as a sign that his energy priorities were hurting America.
“Unfortunately, Congress decided they wanted their own timeline,” Obama said. “Not the company, not the experts, but members of Congress who decided this might be a fun political issue decided to try to intervene and make it impossible for us to make an informed decision.”
“Anyone who says that we’re somehow suppressing domestic oil production isn’t paying attention,” Obama said, speaking at the site of the new Oklahoma project.
Republicans dismissed Obama’s move as a publicity stunt that made little difference to the timeline of the southern project or the problem of U.S. energy security. “He’s taking credit for going forward on the only portion of the pipeline that he doesn’t need to approve," said Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota at a press conference. "This is literally straddling both sides of the issue.”
Construction is expected to begin in June with completion next year.
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