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-- to potentially explosive political issues energy and the environment.
We learned this afternoon the President Obama will not make a decision right away on a controversial way to increase America's supply of oil.
Senior White House foreign affairs correspondent Wendell Goler has the specifics.
And after weeks of pressure from environmentalists over a proposed oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Obama administration has decided to delay the project.
Late today in a written statement the State Department announced that quote needs to undertake an in depth assessment of potential alternative routes in Nebraska.
Yesterday 26 house Republicans urged the president to approve the pipeline route in a letter saying quote your decision is crucial for both American job opportunities and America's energy security.
But environmentalists say the original route of the pipeline threatens Nebraska sand hills region and -- -- while apple offer which supplies water to eight states.
Re routing it could take another year and a half.
Aides say the administration isn't just -- public safety factors -- issues of public health climate change.
Economic growth and jobs.
All of these things have to be -- -- factored in the American Petroleum Institute called the decision quote deeply disappointing and troubling.
President Obama took office firmly committed to putting the country and a low carbon energy future.
But congress has refused to go along with the carbon Cap and Trade System estate's field would make renewable energy sources more competitive.
In addition the solar power maker Solyndra is half billion dollar government backed loan loss hasn't helped the public relations effort.
-- -- -- -- David pump free of the center for strategic and international studies say quote.
An economic downturn in a period of high energy prices that threaten the US and global economic recovery have moderated mr.
And would be Republican contender Newt Gingrich says he's ducking the issue.
So in the middle 9% unemployment he's doing exactly -- these students we as a state senator -- voting present.
Some environmentalists think a year or a year and a half delay in the keystone XL pipeline project effectively kills it.
Whether or not it does that it puts it on the other side of the twentieth twelve election which may be all the folks here walk.
At the White House Wendell Goler Fox News.
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