Pipeline Squeezes Obama Between Supporters

Monday, 17 Oct 2011 01:58 PM

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The Keystone pipeline that would carry crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast has put President Barack Obama in the middle of two key support groups. On one side are unions who view the pipeline as a massive jobs project, and on the other, environmental groups who oppose it, The Washington Post reports.

The proposed pipeline, which would originate in Canada’s Alberta province, has spawned protests, advertising campaigns, and lobbying efforts. Because the pipeline would cross international borders, the State Department is in charge of the permit process, the Post reported.

“This project represents a collision of multiple national interests and multiple political interests,” P.J. Crowley, who was spokesman for the State Department during part of the review process, told the Post.

“Energy security and environment normally go together, but in this case they are somewhat at odds. All have come together to make this a bigger deal than it might have appeared at first blush.”

The Brookings Institution’s Charles Ebinger told the Post that the issue has “become a test case for the Democrats,” with both sides wondering which side Obama will choose.

The approval process got under way in 2008. Oil companies such as Shell, Exxon Mobil, and Chevron, support the plan either because they will be extracting the oil from the oil sands or because they have refineries in the Gulf. Unions, such as the Teamsters, the International Union of Operating Engineers, and those representing laborers, plumbers, and pipefitters, favor the pipeline, projecting that it could create as many as 20,000 high paying jobs, the Post reported.

Environmentalists oppose the project, likening oil extraction from oil sands to strip mining and some donors have threatened to withhold campaign contributions unless Obama kills the project. A decision by the State Department is expected by the end of the year, the Post reported.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Black Friday Is Country's Favorite Gun-Buying Day

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 10:47 AM

Consumers in the market for purchasing firearms are among the millions of people swarming the stores on Black Friday to  . . .

NY Boys Rescued From Snow Aided by Air Pocket

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 09:47 AM

Two boys trapped in a snow pile in the Hudson Valley for several hours after a plow buried them were able to survive tha . . .

Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson to Leave Force

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 08:21 AM

The Missouri police officer who killed an unarmed black teen sparking months of protests in the city of Ferguson will ne . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved