Republicans are criticizing President Obama for making a big deal out of the southern part of the Keystone XL Pipeline while opposing the more controversial northern part. The president has directed federal agencies to expedite the 485-mile stretch of the pipeline from Oklahoma to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Several GOP lawmakers spoke at a news conference in Washington, D.C. Thursday morning, calling for President Obama to approve the entire Keystone XL Pipeline.
South Dakota Senator John Thune said it is ironic that the president chose the Keystone project to illustrate his commitment to domestic energy.
"His blocking of the Keystone pipeline is hurting our gas prices in this country, it is making us more dependent upon foreign sources of energy, it is a national security issue and so his approval rating has gone down, he's decided now to approve 29% of this. We're hoping that if his approval ratings continue to go down even further that maybe he'll approve the part that actually connects to the oil. To have a pipeline, you've got to connect to something," said Thune.
Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry also spoke in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would go through Nebraska and South Dakota.