President Obama’s Oil Claims Challenged By Fact-checker
President Obama finds himself in a precarious position for dealing with the Keystone XL pipeline, claiming it “bypasses” the U.S. and would carry only “Canadian oil,” revealed a fact-finding checker from The Washington Post on Monday.
Obama continues to undermine the impact of the Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline in an interview last week with WDAY of Fargo, North Dakota. Soon after, he vetoed the bipartisan-backed bill against the approval of the construction project. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky will be trying for a veto override later in the week.
Obama’s version as expressed in the local interview goes: “I’ve already said I’m happy to look at how we can increase pipeline production for U.S. oil, but Keystone is for Canadian oil to send that down to the Gulf. It bypasses the United States and is estimated to create a little over 250, maybe 300 permanent jobs. We should be focusing more broadly on American infrastructure for American jobs and American producers, and that’s something that we very much support.”
The president’s facts have been contradicted within many quarters that indicate he is pursuing politics rather than policies.
Fact-finder for The Washington Post Glenn Kessler viewed on Monday that the U.S. will benefit from crude oil going to the Gulf Coast. The crude will be refined into gasoline, a sizeable portion of which will be used by the United States.
“Current trends suggest that only about half of that refined product would be exported, and it could easily be lower,” Kessler added.
Kessler challenged Obama for his facts that claimed the Keystone is just for Canadian oil. Producers of North Dakota and Montana will also be moving oil from the Bakken area through it.
Obama has assigned the State Department with the task of finishing its official evaluation of the pipeline, albeit opposing the bill.