President Trump and his administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, according to senior U.S officials, but only after the State Department delivers a positive recommendation to start construction on a project that has been delayed for quite some time, the Keystone pipeline has served as a key point in the debate about climate change.
The undersecretary of state for political affairs, Tom Shannon, would make a recommendation on Friday that the pipeline serves U.S national interests, said two senior officials. Afterwards, the White House would make a formal announcement citing approval, said the officials, who weren’t given permission to comment publicly on the matter.
Plans for the 1,700-mile pipeline include it carrying oil from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to Houston-area refineries, passing through several states including Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. Many environmental groups opposed the pipeline’s route, claiming that it would encourage the use of dirty sources of energy which will contribute to global warming.
President Obama rejected the pipeline in 2015 after receiving negative recommendations from former Secretary of State John Kerry.
Officials have been given until next Monday to complete a review of the pipeline by the Trump administration. The recommendation represented the last significant barrier as President Trump has been a very vocal supporter of Keystone, claiming that it will create more jobs for American citizens.
Article written by HEI contributor Lydia Ezeakor.