WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says a new senior adviser to President Barack Obama will recuse himself from deliberations on the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
John Podesta, a former chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, has spoken out against the pipeline. Podesta founded the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, and has spoken out against the pipeline.
His hiring cheered environmental groups, who oppose the Canada-to-Texas pipeline as a major contributor to global warming.
Some Keystone supporters, including North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, expressed alarm, calling Podesta’s inclusion in Obama’s inner circle a possible death-knell for the pipeline, which backers say would create jobs and boost North American energy independence.
The White House says Podesta suggested that he not work on Keystone because his views are well-known.