With the Obama administration’s rejection of the Keystone pipeline announced Friday, I thought it would be interesting to share what the administration said about another Canada/U.S. cross-border pipeline it did approve.
The following was the official statement by Obama’s State Department when it approved the Enbridge-operated Alberta Clipper Oil Pipeline in 2009. Interestingly, at this point Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. Now in the throes of a presidential campaign, she said recently about Keystone that it is “a distraction from the real challenges facing our energy sector…”
My, how things have changed.
“The addition of crude oil pipeline capacity between Canada and the United States will advance a number of strategic interests of the United States…Canada is a stable and reliable ally and trading partner of the United States, with which we have free trade agreements which augment the security of this energy supply.”
“Approval of the permit sends a positive signal, in a difficult economic period, about the future reliability and availability of a portion of United States energy imports, and in the immediate term, this shovel-ready project will provide construction jobs for workers in the United States.”
At no instance over the last 6.5 years has the Obama administration indicated how Keystone XL is different from the Alberta Clipper.
The Alberta Clipper Pipeline during its construction phase; Credit Pipelines International