The Keystone Pipeline Has Been Under Review For Twice As Long As It Would Take To Build It

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The State Department is expected to release a draft environmental impact statement of the Keystone XL pipeline soon. All signs indicate this new report will echo the findings of previous federal reviews and conclude the project is environmentally sound.

With the governor of Nebraska having approved a new route for the pipeline through his state, this report removes what should be the final barrier to the president’s approval of this critical project. No single policy decision would be more effective at delivering what the American public says it wants most from Washington: new jobs and economic growth.

And support for the project continues to grow. A poll released Feb. 13 by Harris Interactive shows that 69 percent of registered voters support building the pipeline. What’s more, a bipartisan group of 53 senators — led by John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Max Baucus, D-Mont. — sent a letter to the president last month urging him to immediately authorize the project in light of the governor’s decision. That letter was followed by a similar bipartisan letter signed by 146 members of the House.

Approval of the full Keystone XL pipeline would connect Canadian crude oil and new production from America’s upper plains states to state-of-the-art refineries on the American Gulf Coast. At full capacity, it would transport 830,000 barrels per day.

The application for approval has been under review by the U.S. government for more than four years, far longer than any other cross-border pipeline project and more than twice as long as it would take to build the pipeline.

And keep in mind, it’s not like the Keystone XL pipeline is some new sort of thing. There are already thousands of miles worth of oil and gas pipelines run all over the United States. The Keystone pipeline is different only because the environmental left have made it their cause célèbre, and President Obama has been more than happy to pander to that base.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • mikemc1970

    Obama will not approve. Cheap energy and American jobs, that don’t require government subsidies, is not the Democrat way.

    • slackwarerobert

      I just wish the press would ask him what good hi tech jobs don’t require electricity? Because no power and hi-tech don’t seem to go together. Maybe obama watched to many flintstone cartoons while strung out on crack or something.

    • Mark

      I am convinced it isn’t our govt’s way Dems and Reps

  • Thresherman

    So I would like a Obama supporter to explain why this is reasonable rather than the government equivalent of of a sit down strike?

  • whowon

    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the United States could become the world’s largest crude oil producer as early as 2017. Barry doesn’t want that, more windmills!

    • slackwarerobert

      Town just voted to spend $15 million to tear down their $10 million dollar windmills in Mass. Shame I would have carted them away for free, I don’t mind a good chinese made power plant in my yard.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Obama’s modus operandi:
    take no action that you can be held accountable for later.

    • slackwarerobert

      Unless it hurts someone he doesn’t like. i.e. people with jobs that don’t need or want his help.

  • JoeMN

    Approval of the pipeline would mean one not so happy billionaire Democrat

    • slackwarerobert

      No, obama would give him a heads up so he could sell his rail stock before the announcement. Remember laws don’t apply to his lordship.

  • SigFan

    Hey, what do you think? That Obama cares about doing anything that would create real jobs and real economic prosperity? Come on.