GOP lawmaker wants morning-to-night Keystone pipeline focus

Obama, under a provision in December’s payroll tax cut law, faces a Feb. 21 deadline to make a decision on TransCanada Corp.’s proposed pipeline to bring Canadian oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.

The White House had earlier delayed a final decision about whether to permit the project until after the 2012 elections. 

Business groups, Republicans and a number of unions support the pipeline as a way to create jobs and increase energy security. 

Environmentalists bitterly oppose it due to greenhouse gas emissions and other ecological damage from Alberta’s massive oil sands projects, and fears of spills along the pipeline route.