It was expected. And this morning, it happened.
“The State Department has decided that the Keystone XL Pipeline would not serve the national interests of the United States. I agree with that decision.”
U.S. President Barack Obama says he spoke to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Friday morning, who expressed disappointment about the decision.
But Obama says they both agreed the close friendship between the two countries including on issues of energy and climate change, lays the groundwork for closer ties in the future.
“And in the coming weeks, senior members of my team will be engaging with theirs in order to help deepen that cooperation.”
Obama says Keystone XL was not the economic saviour it was touted to be, adding that if Congress wanted to create jobs it should support bipartisan efforts for infrastructure funding.
The pipeline would have transported oilsands bitumen from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast.
Trudeau respects decision
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put out a statement, says while he’s disappointed, he respects the U.S. government’s decision.
He says the relationship between the two countries is “much bigger than any one project” and looks forward to what he calls a “fresh start with President Obama.”
Mulcair not surprised
Speaking in Vancouver on Friday, federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair says our dependence on non-renewable resources has to be looked at heading into the Paris Climate Change Conference beginning later this month.
“As a Canadian, I’ve always felt that if we’ve got natural resources that are going to be upgraded and refined, the best thing to do is to add those jobs here in Canada. Value-added jobs for our natural resources we think is the way of the future.”
TransCanada to review its options
In a statement, TransCanada says the pipeline is still the safest way to transport crude oil, adding it could potentially file a new application for border-crossing shipment of crude oil.
CEO Russ Girling says the Calgary-based company also has the support of many American and Canadian workers and labour organizations.