Sen. Majority Leader Reid comes out against Keystone XL pipeline
In his first public comment on TransCanada’s plan to build a new pipeline to move tar sands oil from Alberta to Port Arthur, Texas, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) criticized the project as unwise.
The Washington Post reports that in an Oct. 5 letter, Reid told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
“The proponents of this pipeline would be wiser to invest instead in job-creating clean energy projects, like renewable power, energy efficiency or advanced vehicles and fuels that would employ thousands of people in the United States rather than increasing our dependency on unsustainable supplies of dirty and polluting oil that could easily be exported.”
Because the proposed pipeline would cross the U.S. border, the Dept. of State is in charge of recommending whether it should be allowed. President Obama will have the final say on the matter and he is expected to issue a decision before the end of the year.
Some Democrats are lobbying in favor of the project — this week Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) led 20 House Democrats in asking the president to approve the pipeline. These lawmakers claimed that the project will create jobs and reduced dependency on oil from the Middle East and Venezuela.
A State Dept. analysis found that construction of the pipeline would involve 5,000-6,000 temporary jobs.