Keystone XL Pipeline

November 20, 2011 by staff 

Keystone XL Pipeline, Texas Rep. Ted Poe blasted the Obama administration for delaying a final decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline at least a year, accusing the administration of being “at war with American energy production.”

Poe, R-Humble, said TransCanada Corp.’s proposed 1,700-mile pipeline for carrying tar-sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas refineries could create thousands of domestic jobs and reduce U.S. oil imports from volatile Mideast nations. By delaying the decision, “we are just continuing down the road of high energy prices,” said Poe, whose district includes the Port Arthur region that has refineries that will receive the crude.

“The people I talk to feel like this administration is at war with American energy production,” Poe told Newsmax TV. “This is a perfect example.”

Environmentalists oppose the project because they say tar-sands oil is an especially dirty form of energy. They’re concerned that tar-sands oil takes more energy to extract than conventional oil, meaning more climate-warming greenhouse gases go into the air. They also are concerned the pipeline could spill and contaminate drinking-water supplies.

Poe said pipelines are “the safest way to transport crude oil in the whole world.”

“We have to get this oil to our refineries some way,” Poe said. “The environmentalists have not given us a solution except saying, ‘We don’t want this pipeline.’”

He added: “Why not trade with a stable partner rather than relying on Middle Eastern oil?”

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