7 Years of Obama’s Delays Push TransCanada to Press Pause on Keystone XL Review

Nov 03, 2015 - 5:00pm

Senior Editor, Digital Content

In a bit of “turnabout is fair play,” TransCanada asked the Obama administration to pause making a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until a final route is approved in Nebraska:

Last month, TransCanada applied to the Nebraska Public Service Commission for route approval after opponents went to court, challenging the law under which the route had been approved by then-Gov. Dave Heineman.

"I note that when the status of the Nebraska pipeline route was challenged last year, the State Department found it appropriate to suspend its review until that dispute was resolved," according to a statement from Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer. "We feel under the current circumstances a similar suspension would be appropriate."

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air put it well, "If any one word could describe the Keystone XL pipeline approval process, 'pause' seems most appropriate."

The Obama administration has kept the project in bureaucratic limbo for over seven years, despite the pipeline having undergone five reviews. All of them concluded that it would have minimal effect on the environment.

As the Beaumont (Tex.) Enterprise recently wrote in an editorial, “The real victim in all this is the American people.”

There have been so many missed opportunities from this delay:

  • Thousands of jobs haven’t been created.
  • Economic growth is missing.
  • Local communities that expected tax revenue from the project have had to make up for those lost funds.
  • The U.S. continues importing lots of oil from unstable parts of the world.

Despite the administration ducking making a decision on the project, the Keystone XL pipeline remains popular with 68% favoring it.

This ridiculousness brings to mind a Rush lyric:

If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice.

President Obama has made it known loud and clear what he thinks about the Keystone XL pipeline. And because of his choice, the American economy has a sour note stuck in its ear.

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Sean Hackbarth
Senior Editor, Digital Content

Sean writes about public policies affecting businesses including energy, health care, and regulations. When not battling those making it harder for free enterprise to succeed, he raves about all things Wisconsin (his home state) and religiously follows the Green Bay Packers.