The Keystone pipeline has been studied longer than just about anything this side of the Dead Sea Scrolls. And, still, the administration continues to weigh its merits. The stall is making certain members of the political class uncomfortable. As Laura Barron-Lopez of the Hill reports, several nervous Democrats have written a letter to the President saying:
“This process has been exhaustive in its time, breadth, and scope. It has already taken much longer than anyone can reasonably justify. This is an international project that will provide our great friend and ally Canada, a direct route to our refineries.”
It's no surprise Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mark Warner (Va.), Mark Pryor Ark.), and Mark Begich (Alaska), who all face reelection this year, signed the letter. All have previously expressed their adamant support of the $5.4 billion project.
The bad news for those senators is that the president isn’t running for anything and the final decision will be made (notionally, anyway) by Secretary of State John Kerry, who typically seeks approval in all the right places.
In the editorial offices of the New York Times, that is, rather than the bayous of Louisiana.