Obama in Oklahoma to Support Keystone Pipeline, Republicans Say it’s a Farce
NY Times – President Obama stood in a red-dirt field before acres of stacked pipeline pieces on Thursday to illustrate his support for expedited construction of the southern half of the controversialKeystone XL oil pipeline. But his public declaration of support for the project has pleased neither the industry and its Republican supporters nor environmentalists.
Mr. Obama’s appearance here near the oil town of Cushing, Okla., known in the industry as the nation’s pipeline crossroads, was intended to blunt months of criticism from Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail of his decision in January to reject for now construction of the pipeline’s northern leg from Alberta, in Canada, to Cushing. The attacks have gained resonance as gasoline prices have spiked, and Congressional Republicans have sought to force action.