Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement regarding TransCanada's decision to begin construction on a southern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline.
"The president's administration has a pattern, they attempt to placate everyone with half-measures. The problem is, half-measures are only half-effective. The decision to allow partial construction of the Keystone Pipeline proves the administration was wrong to reject full approval of the pipeline. They know that as political tensions escalate in the Middle East we need Canada's oil to stabilize prices and increase our security, yet they play presidential politics and keep the full pipeline on hold.
"Although it is good that part of the pipeline is approved, it is important to get the entire project approved. Full construction means not only lower energy prices but the creation of 20,000 jobs immediately and 100,000 long-term jobs. The House has voted three times to end the president's delay. House Republicans will continue to push the administration to permit the entire pipeline."