BISMARCK, N.D. — Members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation say President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is disappointing.
Obama says he’s rejecting the pipeline because he does not believe it serves the national interest.
Republican Sen. John Hoeven and Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp both think the decision is political. Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer says Obama’s decision is “anti-growth, anti-American jobs.”
North Dakota Sierra Club spokesman Wayde Schafer applauded Obama’s move, saying it “sent a clear message that he is serious about addressing climate change.”
TransCanada Corp.’s proposed pipeline would carry more than 800,000 barrels of Canadian crude a day to refineries along the Gulf Coast. It wouldn’t go through North Dakota but it would move about 100,000 barrels of oil daily from North Dakota’s oil patch.
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