White House Statement


Office of the Press Secretary


November 10, 2011


Statement by the President on the State Department’s Keystone XL Pipeline Announcement


I support the State Department’s announcement today regarding the need to seek additional information about the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal.  Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood.  The final decision should be guided by an open, transparent process that is informed by the best available science and the voices of the American people.  At the same time, my administration will build on the unprecedented progress we’ve made towards strengthening our nation’s energy security, from responsibly expanding domestic oil and gas production to nearly doubling the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks, to continued progress in the development of a clean energy economy.

  1. Putting People over Profit. Thank You, Mr. President.

  2. Michael Hare says:

    Getting caught with your pants down is hardly the same as supporting am “open, transparent process”. Furthermore, delaying a decision until after the election is probably the only transparent decision that will be available. I can assure you I cannot support your re-election if you are not willing to scrap Keystone XL in the face of overwhelming scientific and public pressure.

  3. Do you have link to WH for the above full statement? Or a pdf? Looking for original source. Can only find brief tweet by WH’s Pfeiffer via Jamie Henn tweet. Thanks.

  4. zoidie says:

    That isn’t the full statement. Where do we find it?

  5. OK this is great and we certainly have cause to celebrate, but this isn’t over until the Alberta tar sands mines are shut down…

  6. May our President continue to stand up to Big Oil and not allow for the Keystone XL to ever cross our nation putting our fresh water at risk.

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