Obama to fast-track pipe­line, other in­fra­struc­ture projects

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

BOUL­DER CITY | Pres­i­dent Obama will di­rect fed­eral agen­cies to fast­track an oil pipe­line from Ok­la­homa to Texas, back­ing a seg­ment of the larger Key­stone XL project that he re­jected ear­lier this year.

The 485-mile line from Cush­ing, Okla., to re­finer­ies on Texas’ Gulf coast would re­move a crit­i­cal bot­tle­neck in the coun­try’s oil trans­porta­tion sys­tem, as ris­ing oil pro­duc­tion has out­grown pipe­lines’ ca­pac­ity to de­liver oil to re­finer­ies.

Mr. Obama’s di­rec­tive, to be an­nounced Thurs­day, also would ap­ply to other pipe­lines that al­le­vi­ate choke points. It will be is­sued along with an ex­ec­u­tive or­der re­quir­ing agen­cies to make faster de­ci­sions on other in­fra­struc­ture projects.

For Mr. Obama, the an­nounce­ment pro­vides an an­swer to Repub­li­cans who say his en­ergy poli­cies, in­clud­ing the re­jec­tion of the larger CanadaTexas pipe­line, have con­trib­uted to high gas prices and de­stroyed jobs. must be held ac­count­able for their war crimes.”

The Lord’s Re­sis­tance Army has kid­napped thou­sands of chil­dren through nearly three decades, forc­ing them to be­come sex slaves, fight as sol­diers or kill fam­ily mem­bers. Mr. Coons and Mr. In­hofe said 66,000 chil­dren in Uganda alone have been kid­napped.

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