Mar 01, 2012 5:54 AM GMT
Whatever spin the Democrats want to put on it, building the pipeline is a good idea. If it was the route that was an issue they should have proposed alternatives - but that wasn't the issue for most environmentalists but it did leave TransCanada open to greater criticism.
Bill Clinton says it's time to build the Keystone XL pipeline.
Speaking at an Energy Department conference in Maryland on Wednesday, the former president said he was surprised the project has gotten as gummed up as it has, laying the blame on pipeline builder TransCanada.
"One of the most amazing things to me about this Keystone pipeline deal is that they ever filed that route in the first place since they could've gone around the Nebraska Sandhills and avoided most of the dangers, no matter how imagined, to the Ogallala [aquifer] with a different route, which I presume we'll get now, because the extra cost of running is infinitesimal compared to the revenue that will be generated over a long period of time," he said.