Fmr Energy Secretary: Obama’s Keystone XL Decision Political, Not Scientific

Steven Chu

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Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu said that the Obama administration’s decision on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline was influenced by politics rather than science.

Chu made the comments about the Keystone XL pipeline during a press conference in Spain, according to the Hill:

"I don’t have a position on whether the Keystone pipeline should be built. That is for the secretary of State and the president. But I will say that the decision on whether the construction should happen was a political one and not a scientific one," Chu said.

On Friday, the State Department released a long-awaited report that concluded the proposed 1,179-mile northern leg of the pipeline would not have significant environmental effects.

If approved, the northern leg would cost $5.4 billion. The southern leg of the pipeline, which now runs from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast, is already in use. TransCanada built that half, and began pumping oil through it last month.

President Barack Obama is expected to decide on the Keystone XL’s construction later in the year.