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An XL Problem

8:08 AM, Nov 15, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Speaker John Boehner and Alberta premier Alison Redford met yesterday to discuss the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project--and how President Obama has delayed his decision on the pipeline until after next year's election. As the speaker's office explains:

The House passed the bipartisan North American-Made Energy Security Act (H.R. 1938) in July requiring the administration to determine by November 1 whether it would allow the Keystone project to move forward. But the Democratic-controlled Senate stalled the bill, and the president –preoccupied with campaigning – decided to delay a decision until after the 2012 election. Speaker Boehner said, “More than 20,000 new American jobs have just been sacrificed in the name of political expediency... By punting on this project, the President has made clear that campaign politics are driving U.S. policy decisions – at the expense of American jobs. The current project has already been deemed environmentally sound, and calling for a new route is nothing but a thinly-veiled attempt to avoid upsetting the President’s political base before the election. It’s a failure of leadership."

Adam J. White covers the Keystone XL pipeline project in the latest issue.

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