Dr. Boozman's Check-up

Along with failing to offer solutions to the Obamacare debacle, the President left a major job-creating project out of his State of the Union speech this week—the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The completed pipeline would transport 700,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to U.S. refineries along the gulf coast and create thousands of well-paying American jobs in the process.

It should come as no surprise that President Obama ignored the Keystone Pipeline in his speech. Let’s be honest, he has no inclination to move the Keystone Pipeline forward. If he did, he would have approved it by now.

Instead of accelerating the approval process, President Obama has been reviewing the Keystone pipeline permit for almost as long as he has been in office. He is literally trying to study the project to death.

Despite the President’s unwillingness to help, progress is being made.

A long-delayed State Department report released today raised no major environmental objections to the pipeline’s construction. This is an important step forward as approval from the State Department is necessary to authorize a pipeline that crosses our border. If the State Department can’t find any environmental grounds on which to delay the pipeline further, then the President is out of excuses.

The Keystone Pipeline is ready to go. It is ready to put Americans to work. It is ready to help us toward energy independence. We just need a President who is ready to get out of the way so we can get started.