A Nebraska judge’s decision throwing out the Keystone XL pipeline route in the state may push President Barack Obama’s final decision on the contested project until after the midterm congressional elections.
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline cleared a key hurdle today with a government study that found its impact on the climate would be minimal, which supporters said meets President Barack Obama’s test for allowing the project to be built.
House Republicans said President Barack Obama is taking too long to decide on the Keystone XL pipeline as they defended a bill that again seeks to force a decision on one of the nation’s most-political energy debates.
Congressional Republicans say they may try again to tie the Keystone XL pipeline to an extension of the U.S. payroll-tax cut, as they prolong a debate with the Obama administration over jobs and the environment.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said the Keystone XL oil pipeline may be part of budget negotiations as his Republican colleagues criticized President Barack Obama for saying the project wouldn’t create many jobs.
A House committee voted in favor of a Republican-backed bill requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, stripping power from President Barack Obama.