Legislation Could Inadvertently Force President Obama to Kill The Project
The Obama administration delaying a decision on the pipeline project until 2013. The pipeline would deliver oil sands crude from Canada to Texas, but Republicans have sought to force the president to make a decision sooner.
The House-passed Keystone language merely speeds up the decision process but does not determine whether the project would be approved. Officials at the State Department, which has authority over approving the project, said they would not be able to conduct the necessary review if given only 60 days, the timeline set by House Republicans. (The Hill, 12/16/2011, The Hill, 12/16/2011)