Representative Lee Terry (R-NE) today released the following statement after President Obama's speech on climate change in which he announced he would be willing to approve the Keystone Pipeline only if it didn't increase carbon pollution:
"I view today's comments by the President on the Keystone Pipeline as a positive step forward toward getting this project built, creating jobs and decreasing our dependence on foreign sources of oil."
"The important thing for the President to understand is that the Keystone Pipeline is a method of transporting crude from the oil sands to our refineries in the Gulf. So whether or not Keystone is approved, oil sands development will continue to occur at the same rate. Therefore, per the State Department's own draft environmental impact statement, if the Keystone Pipeline were approved, there will be a negligible effect on carbon emissions.
"I would argue that not approving the Keystone Pipeline would have a more damaging effect on carbon pollutions. The State Department's draft EIS all but acknowledges that other countries will continue to explore oil sands. For instance, if we don't approve Keystone, China has indicated a willingness to build a pipeline to the West to ship crude from the oil sands overseas to refine these developments under their carbon standards.
"The bottom line is Keystone is in our national interest. After over 1,700 days of delays and over 15,000 pages of reviews that determine its safety, there are no reasons why we should continue to delay this job-creating project. It's time to build the Keystone Pipeline."