Friday, November 6, 2015

Obama rejects Canada's Keystone XL

OTTAWA AND WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama officially rejected TransCanada's application on Friday to build a massive pipeline to transport, what he called, “dirtier crude oil” across the United States-Canada border.

Obama made the announcement from the White House after meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry, whose department oversaw the seven-year review.

“The State Department has decided that Keystone XL pipeline would not serve the national interests of the United States. I agree with that decision,” Obama said.
The president said he called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier that morning to communicate his decision. “While he expressed his disappointment, given Canada’s position on this issue, we’ve both agreed that our close friendship on a whole range of issues, including energy and climate change, should provide the basis for even closer co-ordination between our countries going forward,” Obama said.

Senior members of Obama’s White House will be meeting with Trudeau’s senior advisers in the coming weeks to deepen that co-operation, the president added.

In a statement, Trudeau said he was “disappointed” by the U.S. government’s decision but respects its right to make it.

“The Canada-U.S. relationship is much bigger than any one project and I look forward to a fresh start with President Obama to strengthen our remarkable ties in a spirit of friendship and co-operation,” Trudeau said.

“We know that Canadians want a government that they can trust to protect the environment and grow the economy. The Government of Canada will work hand-in-hand with provinces, territories and like-minded countries to combat climate change, adapt to its impacts, and create the clean jobs of tomorrow.”

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1 comment:

  1. He will leave next year. The republican will complete it

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