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Excerpt: "Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday promised a 'fair and transparent' review of a Canadian company's plan to pipe oil from western Canada to refineries in Texas."

Secretary of State John Kerry in the U.S. Capitol. (photo: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Secretary of State John Kerry in the U.S. Capitol. (photo: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)



Kerry Promises Keystone XL Decision in 'Near Term'

By ABC News

10 February 13

 

ecretary of State John Kerry on Friday promised a "fair and transparent" review of a Canadian company's plan to pipe oil from western Canada to refineries in Texas.

In his first comments about the controversial Keystone XL pipeline since becoming secretary of state, Kerry said he is waiting for a review begun by his predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and hopes to make a decision in the "near term." The State Department has jurisdiction over the $7 billion pipeline because it crosses an international border.

Kerry, who met with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird on Friday, praised Canada as a close ally and the largest energy supplier to the U.S. He declined to comment on the pipeline's merits, but he said the review process begun under Clinton is well under way.

"I can guarantee you that it will be fair and transparent, accountable, and we hope that we will be able to be in a position to make an announcement in the near term," he said.

Calgary-based TransCanada has proposed the 1,700-mile pipeline to carry oil derived from tar sands in Alberta to refineries in the Houston area.

The pipeline plan has become a flashpoint in the U.S. debate over climate change. Republicans and business and labor groups have urged the Obama administration to approve the pipeline as a source of much-needed jobs and a step toward North American energy independence.

Environmental groups have been pressuring President Barack Obama to reject the pipeline, saying it would carry "dirty oil" that contributes to global warming. They also worry about a spill.

Kerry said he pays "great respect" to the importance of the U.S. energy relationship with Canada and the overall relationship between the two neighbors.

"Canada is our largest energy supplier, and our shared networks of electrical grids keep energy flowing both ways across the border. As we move forward to meet the needs of a clean energy future on this shared continent we are going to continue to build on our foundation of cooperation," he said.

Baird said he and Kerry had a good discussion on energy policy.

"Obviously, the Keystone XL pipeline is a huge priority for our government and the Canadian economy, and I appreciated the dialogue we had about what we could do to tackle environmental challenges together," he said.

 

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-1 # RnR 2013-02-10 07:23
Right, from Skull and Bones Kerry who was the Democrat who most profited from the Iraq war. What a brain teaser this will be huh?
 
 
+11 # nelswight 2013-02-10 09:08
And will we be able to check Mr. Kerry's interest, financially, in energy holdings, as happened with Ms Rice?!
 
 
+13 # Helen 2013-02-10 09:09
Let's hope his decision will be "fair, transparent and accountable" to our children, grandchildren and great-grand children who will have to deal with the disastrous effects of global warming. It will be his legacy to them.
 
 
+6 # Gord84 2013-02-10 09:26
This will probably end up as "The means justify the end."
 
 
+3 # MidwestTom 2013-02-10 09:36
For purely selfish reasons I hope that they do not allow it, because the growing glut of crude oil and gasoline in the Midwest has resulted in much cheaper gasoline for the area.
 
 
+4 # DPM 2013-02-10 14:44
Not in Michigan! $3.80+. How is that cheaper?!
 
 
+17 # Skeptical1247 2013-02-10 09:58
The biggest surprise of the decade would be Kerry doing the right thing rather than just rubber stamping a big OK on the Keystone fiasco.
 
 
+4 # Walter J Smith 2013-02-10 10:03
Here it com-omes, here it com-oms; it's just your nineteenth political cave in-in!

"I can guarantee you that it will be fair and transparent, accountable, and we hope that we will be able to be in a position to make an announcement in the near term," he (Kerry) said"

Soon, indeed. Kerry will display his core devotions for all to see why he had such solid Senate GOP support for his State appt.

Remember, evolution is only God's way of culling out the dinosaurs.
 
 
+2 # Regina 2013-02-10 13:09
Kerry breezed through confirmation because the Repubs wanted a shot at his Senate vacancy. That was so blatant that ex-Sen. Scott Brown got savvy and turned them down for the special election that MA will run.
 
 
0 # BradFromSalem 2013-02-11 12:42
Regina,
Scott Brown and savvy in the same sentence is an oxymoron. As evidence note that the first entry in the thesaurus for Moron is "Scott Brown".
 
 
+20 # fotografx 2013-02-10 10:39
Get the fact straight first. It is not oil the Keystone XL pipeline will transport, it is bitumen that is produced by the Canadians. If it spills the damage is much worse than an oil spill, bitumen does not float on water, it is heavier, so cleanup is almost impossible. That has already been experienced in the USA in Michigan.
 
 
+13 # tbcrawford 2013-02-10 11:28
"Oops, just a little spill"...over the most important source of water in our country; taking our farms and homes by eminent domaine (for Canada?); mainly to sell energy to other countries (China?); and who profits? Oh, and will we have insurance to fully reimburse environmental devastation? Just a few concerns and there are many more!
 
 
+5 # patmonk 2013-02-10 12:58
"Fair and Transparent"..o oops.. I meant "Fair and Balanced". Meet the new boss - same as the old boss; Prove me wrong, I double dare you.
 
 
+9 # jstick 2013-02-10 15:35
Remind Secretary Kerry there is NO benefit to Americans here beyond the Koch brothers and their colleagues. Canada benefits. Refineries in Texas benefit when they export their gas. The entire Midwest loses and is put at risk. The country is cut in half by this pipeline rape of the nation. And the world loses as atmospheric pollution is vastly accelerated.
If Canada is so eager for this pipeline, let them run it across their own land -- pump the stuff over to Vancouver or Montreal for export.
 
 
+1 # Allen 23 2013-02-11 17:24
John Kerry, the new Secretary of State, had substantial investments in tar sands- holdings in Suncor and Cenovus.

Under pressure he divested about three weeks ago.

He divested in preparation for all the favorable decisions he is about to bestow on the tar sands project.

He must not appear to be profiting on the front end of the project while holding a position that has direct influence over said project.

He will reap lavish rewards on the back end instead.
 

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