Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones told the Energy and Power subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that the State Department had rejected the deal because it did not have enough time to assess the pipeline.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) can’t quite figure out why this administration refused to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline that would create thousands of jobs for U.S. workers. He stated that the U.S. fought and won WWII in less time than this administration has had to evaluate the project.
Barton reminded Sec. Jones: “There are 10 other agencies that have reviewed this project and – correct me if I’m wrong, but my understanding is that the Corps of Engineers approved it, the Department of Agriculture approved it, the Department of Interior approved it, the Department of Transportation approved it, the Environmental Protection Agency – believe it or not – approved it, the Defense Department approved it; the Justice Department approved it, the Homeland Security Department approved it and the Department of Commerce approved it. Only the State Department, which I believe, by law is required to look at the International implications since its trans-Canada — only the State Department did not approve it.”
Forty months (almost 3 1/2 years) have been spent on study and evaluation by ten government agencies. I have to wonder if the reasons might be because it would benefit unemployed U.S. citizens and curtail the need for OPEC oil.
Of course, it could also be that Warren Buffet’s railway investments would benefit greatly if we take the oil and not build the pipeline.