|Obama rejects Keystone pipeline from Canada to Texas|
Obama rejects Keystone pipeline from Canada to Texas
By Aamer Madhani and Susan Davis, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – President Obama's rejection Wednesday of rapid approval of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas triggered Republican and business community objections but also signs from Obama and the pipeline company that the issue was far from over.
Russ Girling, president of TransCanada, the pipeline's builder, said the company would reapply for permitting and asked for the application to be processed in time to get the pipeline online by 2014.
Obama said House Republicans forced his decision by including a provision in last month's legislation for a short-term extension to the payroll tax cut that required him to either issue a permit to allow the 1,700-mile pipeline to be built or explain why it was not in the national interest by Feb. 21.