The Story of Keystone’s Life
Stories about politicians on the Left obstructing a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline or preventing its progress are a dime a dozen.
President Obama is usually the main character – or more specifically the antagonist – but this time, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is center stage.
Despite the State Department’s March report stating that the pipeline would not accelerate oil sands production or significantly raise greenhouse gas emissions, combined with the support of 62 of his fellow senators, Sen. Menendez has “signaled that he might back off plans to hold a hearing” on the Keystone XL pipeline. The Senator and environmental activists share the same poorly grounded concerns:
Foggy Bottom’s findings alarmed some Democrats — including Menendez — as well as green and progressive groups. They said they had questions about the State Department’s process.
Of course, there may be a way around President Obama and Sen. Menendez’s dillydallying, as the Heritage Foundation’s Nick Loris explains:
That’s the question at tomorrow’s Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing. The subcommittee will be marking up Representative Lee Terry (R–NE) Northern Route Approval Act. The legislation removes the final decision from President Obama’s hands and approves the pipeline by deeming the State Department’s first environmental review as satisfying all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.
The legislation would still have to be signed into law by President Obama, but it would limit legal challenges that are sure to ensue from environmental activists. If the president truly cared about American energy independence, he would not have been stalling on this project for 5 years.