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Keystone XL – Affirmative Starter Pack – SDI 2012
Contention 1 is Inherency
First, Obama rejected the Keystone decision causing a standstill
Eilperin and Mufson ‘12, Juliet and Steven, House of Representatives reporter and staff writer covering energy and other financial news, respectively, “Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline,” Jan. 18th, 2012.
(http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/obama-administration-to-reject-keystone-pipeline/2012/01/18/gIQAPuPF8P_story.html. JMC.) Accessed 7/11/12.
President Obama, denouncing a “rushed and arbitrary deadline” set by congressional Republicans, announced Wednesday that he was rejecting a Canadian firm’s application for a permit to build and operate the Keystone XL pipeline, a massive project that would have stretched from Canada’s oil sands to refineries in Texas.¶ Obama said that the Feb. 21 deadline, set by Congress as part of the two-month payroll tax cut extension, made it impossible to adequately review the project proposed by TransCanada. But he left the door open to the possibility that a new proposal might pass regulatory muster.¶ 4983¶ Comments¶ Weigh In¶ Corrections? Raising the stakes in a bitter election-year fight with Republicans, President Obama on Wednesday rejected a Canadian company's plan to build a 1,700-mile pipeline to carry oil across six U.S. states to Texas refineries. (Jan. 18)¶ More On This Story¶ Read more at PostPolitics¶ Protesters arrested at 'Occupy Congress'¶ Treasury moves to keep U.S. under debt limit¶ Court orders new hearing for death-row inmate¶ View all Items in this Story¶ “This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people,” the president said in a statement.¶ This is the second time the Obama administration has tried to deflect political pressure over the proposed $7 billion, 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline, which last year sparked debate over U.S. energy and environmental policy. At one point, about 12,000 people demonstrated outside the White House against the project, while the oil industry, construction unions and the Canadian government lobbied in favor of it