Now TransCanada has submitted another application for approval to theObama administration, and this time around Obama is hinting that it may just pass:
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney used the announcement to hammer Republicans, saying, “House Republicans forced a rejection of the company’s earlier application in January, by not allowing sufficient time for important review or even the identification of a complete pipeline route.”
“But as we made clear, the president’s decision in January in no way prejudged future applications. We will ensure any project receives the important assessment it deserves and will base a decision to provide a permit on the completion of that review,” Carney added.
Republicans remained cautious in their response, arguing the news that a new pipeline route is being considered raises fresh questions about the administration’s previous opposition.
“It’s good news that progress is continuing on a project that would create tens of thousands of American jobs and keep Canada from selling NorthAmerican energy to the Chinese, but it also makes the Obama administration’s refusal to approve it even more disturbing,” said MichaelSteel, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (Ohio).
Setting all partisan politics aside, I really hope the Obama administration does sign off on the pipeline, if only for the sake of ending the ridiculous and unnecessary government sandbagging.