Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline

The Trump administration has issued a presidential permit to pipeline builder TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that President Donald Trump would discuss the pipeline later Friday morning.

The State Department says that it determined that building Keystone serves the U.S. national interest. That’s the opposite conclusion to the one the State Department reached during the Obama administration.

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The State Department says it considered foreign policy and energy security in making the determination.

The permit was signed by Tom Shannon, a career diplomat serving as undersecretary of state for political affairs. That’s because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recused himself due to his previous work running Exxon Mobil.

Keystone will carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.

  • Glen Goodrum

    The Keystone Pipeline is just to dangerous to build sense it will be carrying toxic tar
    oil . There has already been spills where it has been built so their promises that it is safe is false .
    Its not like regular oil it doesn’t float on water or stay on the surface of the ground but sinks into it poisoning everything .
    Its not needed there is no oil shortage . It will drive prices up not down . Also you have mountains of toxic grit leftover . While it can be used as a low grade fuel it puts tons of toxins back into the air .
    The only ones profiting from toxic tar sand oil is the oil company . Don’t take my word for this but check it out .

    What many don’t realize is there are already tar sand oil pipelines in some northern states they have already had spills .