Nebraska Moves Forward on Keystone XL Project . . . but is it too late?

| April 14 2012

As you will see from the press release below, the state of Nebraska, via its legislature, is moving forward with “support for an expected new route for TransCanada Corp’s Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL crude oil pipeline that would bypass an environmentally sensitive region in the state.

However, after months of intentional delays, roadblocks, and prevarications by our president on Keystone, Canada is moving forward with plans to sell their glut of oil to China:

CALGARY—Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP KMP +0.23% said Thursday it will begin a $5 billion expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline, nearly tripling the capacity of crude oil it can ship to Canada’s west coast—the latest project aimed at moving the country’s rising oil production to markets outside the U.S.

Currently, almost all Canadian crude exports travel to the U.S. While Canadian oil output has been climbing fast, pipeline capacity to move it from the country’s biggest oil patch in landlocked Alberta to U.S. refining markets is stretched.

If we had a president who had expressed commitment to Keystone, and to expand commerce with our very friendly neighbor to the north, that oil would be coming our way—and reducing our gas prices. Instead, the Canadians, getting nothing but a smack in the face from our president, have decided to facilitate sale of their oil to China.

It’s almost as if the president wants high gas prices here in the U.S.

 

Nebraska Moves Forward on Keystone XL Project

For the third day in a row, President Obama will pitch a tax hike that’s been called everything from a “hoax” to a “sham” to “total gimmickry.” Even the president admits it’s a political gimmick – a divisive one that won’t do a thing to create jobs or lower the gas prices hurting families and small businesses.

But over in Nebraska, the state legislature is focusing on the challenges the Obama administration chooses to ignore (or has only made worse)Reuters reports that despite the best efforts of President Obama to block and lobby against the popular Keystone XL project, Nebraska is moving forward:

“The Nebraska Legislature approved a bill on Wednesday that would provide support for an expected new route for TransCanada Corp’s Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL crude oil pipeline that would bypass an environmentally sensitive region in the state. …

“The bill, approved on a 44-5 vote in Nebraska’s single-chamber Legislature, allows the state Department of Environmental Quality to review a new route within Nebraska, with [Governor Dave Heineman] holding final approval.”

Speaker John Boehner compared the president’s anti-energy agenda – including his decision to reject Keystone XL – with Republicans’ “all of the above” strategy in a new video out today. It’s just another example of Republicans focusing on the priorities of the American people – jobs and gas prices – while the president tries to divert attention away from his policies, which have only made things worse.

 

SPEAKER PRESS OFFICE
REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH)
H-232, THE CAPITOL
(202) 225-0600 | SPEAKER.GOV

 

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