Politico’s Darren Goode reports that President Obama will formally reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
Deputy Secretary of State William Burns is expected to make the announcement at a 3pm briefing.
Goode notes that White House and State Department officials “have not commented publicly Wednesday, but Tuesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney indicated the administration was concerned about the lack of an alternative route in Nebraska.”
Congress had passed a provision giving the Obama Administration until February 21 to make a decision on the proposed 1,661-mile pipeline.
Mother Jones environmental journalist Kate Sheppard earlier reported that President Obama’s hands were tied in the matter as “in order to approve the pipeline, he’d have to railroad the review process, which has not been completed yet. He’d also have to ignore a bunch of our nation’s fundamental environmental laws, like the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).”
Have a tip we should know? firstname.lastname@example.org