Time to approve pipeline

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 9:40 am

Enough is enough — unless, apparently, you are President Barack Obama, determined to please your environmentalist supporters. But what about the rest of us? Are other Americans not entitled to some consideration?

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency revealed it can find no reason to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline for environmental reasons.

The pipeline would carry hundreds of thousands of barrels of Canadian oil to the U.S. every day. But throughout his presidency, Obama has stalled on making a decision on whether to approve construction. His excuse has been that the State Department needed to complete a review of the project’s environmental impacts.

Now that the review is complete, Obama’s next step is to approve the pipeline, right?

Wrong. The White House says numerous federal agencies and the public must weigh in on the project. So must Secretary of State John Kerry, because the project crosses the border between the United States and Canada.

This situation has gotten far beyond ridiculous. There is no reason not to approve the pipeline. Yet Obama seems determined to stall until frustrated Canadians sign long-term contracts to sell their oil to China.

It is time for Congress to call a halt to Obama’s delay strategy. It is time to allow construction to begin.

-Minot Daily News, Minot, N.D.

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