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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 31, 2013 5:11 PM Flag

    Obama emphasizes Keystone XL emissions potential with Senate Dems

    Obama emphasizes Keystone XL emissions potential with Senate Dems

    Zack Colman - 07/31/13 02:37 PM ET

    President Obama stressed the global climate impact of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in a Wednesday meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) told reporters.

    “He also pointed out this is a global issue, even more so than an American or a Canadian issue. It’s a Canadian issue for sure, but rather than being basically an American issue, it’s more global, and that’s an issue we need to take a look at,” Cardin said.

    Several senators said Obama laid out the “pros and cons” of the pipeline, and called it an “objective” presentation of the issue. Keystone was one of several topics addressed in the meeting, which largely focused on the economy.

    The discussion builds off recent comments Obama made to The New York Times, in which he recommitted to a June statement that he’d oppose Keystone if it “significantly exacerbates” emissions.

    The Canada-to-Texas pipeline is currently under review at the State Department. Its builder, TransCanada Corp., is awaiting a decision on a cross-border permit to complete the northern leg.

    Senior Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote a letter to Obama on Wednesday requesting a meeting to discuss whether his emissions comments set a new bar for green-lighting Keystone.

    Specifically, the lawmakers wanted to know if Obama had a deadline for making a decision on the pipeline, and how Obama would determine whether Keystone would “significantly exacerbate” carbon pollution.

    “We are concerned that your most recent statements have signaled an arbitrary and abrupt shift in how our nation approves cross-border energy projects,” wrote Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), subcommittee on Energy and Power Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) and subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Chairman Lee Terry (R-Neb.).

    “Your recent comments have only added to the immense amount of un

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