Thursday, November 10, 2011

Keystone XL decision delayed until after 2012 election

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 3:30 PM

The State Department announced today it will review alternate routes through Nebraska for the Keystone XL pipeline, thereby delaying its decision on the proposal until 2013. The controversial pipeline is slated to run from Alberta's tar sands, through parts of Montana, all the way to the Gulf Coast.

The proposed pipeline sparked major protests from environmentalists, including prominent Montanans, and became a political problem for President Obama during his re-election campaign.

Montana representatives in D.C. were quick to admonish the delay.

Sen. Max Baucus in a statement:

Montana jobs and our energy security are on the line here and I will not stand by and watch more bureaucratic red tape dictate our energy policy. Montana families and communities have been waiting too long for the jobs and energy security Keystone XL will provide to our state and our nation. We’ve done enough analysis. It’s time to put Montanans back to work.

Rep. Denny Rehberg in a statement:

Pushing this important decision off until after the election is another sign that President Obama seems more concerned about his job than he is about creating good paying jobs in Montana and America. Folks in Montana understand the Keystone XL is about jobs. It’s not about who wins or loses an election next year. This is about getting our economy back on track. The Obama Administration set a deadline for a decision by the end of the year, and they need to honor their word. It’s time to put politics aside and get behind this common-sense pro-job policy.

Meanwhile, environmental activist Bill McKibbon, who helped organize the White House protests, called the decision "an unspoken salute to the power of people who came together in the open to demand action."

McKibbon promised more civil disobedience if and when the proposal re-emerges.

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