WASHINGTON (WHTC) - Top Canadian officials continue to push the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to U.S. lawmakers.
Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said in Chicago yesterday that it’s in Canada's and the United States' best interests to ultimately give the green light for the pipeline that would link the Alberta oil sands with Texas. Environmentalists have been hounding the Obama administration to ultimately veto the project over concerns that it will have a major negative effect on global warming, but as Congressman Fred Upton argues, the alternative is worse, with a longer and more vunerable carbon footprint across the Pacific Ocean if the petroleum is sent to China. The Republican Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from St. Joseph is poised to take legislative action.
Minister Oliver says the pipeline would create thousands of jobs in both countries and will help reduce North American reliance on oil imports from Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.