A change in tone by the president has a Nebraska Congressman considering alternatives to approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Congressman Lee Terry says it isn’t just President Barack Obama who has set a negative tone on Keystone XL, it is other members of the administration.
“When they’re starting to talk negative about it means they’re starting to set it up to kill it,” Terry tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Terry rejects the recent assertions by the president about the Keystone XL pipeline, insisting that the president has simply taken a page out of the playbook of the liberal environmental community.
In recent interviews and appearances, the president has questioned the number of jobs Keystone might create, claiming supporters have vastly over-estimated its economic impact. Obama has also questioned whether oil produced from Canadian tar sands would be refined into fuel sold in the United States or whether it would be shipped to other countries, which dovetails into questioning whether it would truly help the United States offset oil imports from the Middle East.
The total project is projected to cost $7 billion and stretch 1,700 from western Canada to the Gulf Coast in Texas, taking crude oil processed from tar sands to oil refineries. TransCanada must receive a presidential permit to cross the border.
Terry says he will keep pushing Congress to by-pass the president and approve the pipeline even if Obama issues a veto threat.
“Well, we’ll be very close on a veto,” Terry says, noting that in an earlier test vote Keystone received more than 60 votes in the Senate. “We’re going to be a couple of votes short in the Senate to override the veto, but we may get there.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]