Posted by: mulrickillion | January 20, 2012

Obama rejects US-Canada pipeline project

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US House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (L) gestures next to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) during the GOP news conference about the Keystone XL pipeline decision on Capitol Hill in Washington January 18, 2012. [Photo/Agencies].

Xinhua, Jan 19, 2012 –  NEW YORK – US President Barack Obama on Wednesday denied a permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the southern US state of Texas, citing "arbitrary" factors forced by Republicans but leaving the door open for a new application in the future.

In a White House statement, Obama said he had chosen to accept the State Department’s recommendation that the pipeline be denied a permit because it would not be in the national interest.

The president blamed congressional Republicans for ignoring the administration’s call for a prolonged review process over the project until 2013 by imposing an arbitrary deadline on the project.

"As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment," Obama said. . . .

Obama rejects US-Canada pipeline project|Politics|chinadaily.com.cn

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