A top oil industry official delivered a clear warning to President Obama Wednesday: approve the Keystone XL pipeline or face “huge political consequences.”
American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard urged Obama to quickly approve the pipeline, which would carry oil sands crude from Alberta, Canada, to refineries along the Gulf Coast.
A payroll tax cut package signed into law by Obama last month includes a GOP-backed provision requiring the president to make a final decision on the pipeline within 60 days.“I think it would be a huge mistake on the part of the president of the United States to deny the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline,” Gerard said during the powerful oil industry trade association’s annual “State of American Energy” event Wednesday.
“Clearly, the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest. A determination to decide anything less than that I believe will have huge political consequences.”
When I read, "Clearly, the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest...." I remember the radio guests and articles that tell a different story. In essence, the U.S. oil industry imports more oil than it uses in America, so the Keystone XL pipeline is just another profit grab for oil executives and has nothing to do with American's interests.
Remember, neocons add a provision in the last last-minute legislative battle, another poison pill for America, just like killing the USPS.