Today TransCanada announced they will begin construction of a section of the Keystone XL pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas after President Obama blocked the approval of the full Keystone XL project in January. The construction of this project will begin to create jobs in construction and manufacturing, however manufacturers are urging President Obama to approve the Keystone XL project as soon as possible which will create tens of thousands of jobs.
Today White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement that the Administration welcomed TransCanada’s announcement to begin construction of the pipeline saying:
“Moving oil from the Midwest to the world-class, state-of-the-art refineries on the Gulf Coast will modernize our infrastructure, create jobs, and encourage American energy production,” Carney said in a statement. “We look forward to working with TransCanada to ensure that it is built in a safe, responsible and timely manner, and we commit to take every step possible to expedite the necessary federal permits.”
If the President is serious about an “all of the above” approach to energy then why did he determine that the Keystone XL pipeline is not in the best interest of the nation and reject its approval last month? The project will provide much-needed jobs and provide manufacturers with an affordable source of energy.
From today’s statement the Administration fully supports this section of Keystone XL and they state they will take every step possible to expedite the necessary federal permits. Will the Administration take the same steps with the full approval of Keystone XL? Manufacturers hope so.
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