Six years ago today, TransCanada first submitted its application to the U.S. State Department to build a pipeline that would carry more than 800,000 barrels of Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast refineries. The southern 485 miles of the 1,700 mile proposed pipeline has been built from Cushing, Oklahoma to Texas at a cost of $2.6 billion. The remaining 1,200 miles is currently estimated to cost about $5.4 billion, but TransCanada is concerned that the project’s costs will increase dramatically due to delays.
Republican senators sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline immediately, saying the pipeline will have no adverse impact on the environment.
Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) is demanding a decision on the pipeline’s approval:
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“Every single Republican Senator has signed on to this letter once again asking the president saying, ‘Hey, you told us you’d have a decision here by the end of last year.’ We’re now at the sixth anniversary, no decision. We’d like a decision.”
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) accused the president of letting anti-pipeline activists dictate energy policy:
“President Obama and Harry Reid are held hostage by environmental extremists who do not want to vote on this piece of legislation.”
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised that if Republicans win control of the Senate, the pipeline will be voted on:
“If we have a new majority next year, and a new majority leader, the Keystone pipeline will be voted on the floor of the Senate.”
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said that her Canadian friends are in a state of disbelief over this administration’s lack of action on this energy project:
“What is going on with the United States? What is happening within this administration that you can’t see what everybody else, around the globe practically, sees? That this is in your country’s best interest.”
Energy independence is vital to the United States’ prosperity and security, yet the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency continue to undercut the coal industry and domestic oil drilling.
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