By Ben Geman - 09/18/12 06:57 PM EDT
But Doer, asked about the prospects for the Alberta-to-Texas project if Obama wins reelection, noted support for the project in U.S. public polling, and reiterated arguments about energy security and jobs benefits.
“I believe all those reasons will allow us to get a common-sense decision,” he said, speaking at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
The administration, in extending the review, cited factors including concerns about the route through environmentally sensitive regions of Nebraska.
But the company has since agreed to modify the route, a move that enables support from that state’s GOP governor, and submitted its latest proposal to Nebraska officials in early September.
The pipeline presents a political quandary for the White House because environmental groups bitterly oppose the project, while a number of unions support it.
Canadian officials including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, while continuing to push for the delayed Keystone project, have reminded U.S. officials that they’re also seeking other buyers for their oil in order to diversify their exports.
Canada is the top supplier of oil for the United States and also the source of nearly 100 percent of its oil exports. But Canadian officials are seeking to explore Asian export markets.
The company Enbridge Inc. has proposed a pipeline that would route oil sands west from Alberta for tanker transport from British Columbia.
“I think it was important for the prime minister to reiterate that there is more than one country in the world that wants our products,” Doer said Tuesday.
However, he noted that while “It is better to have more than one customer,” Canada supports continued exports to the United States.
Romney, for his part, has pledged to approve Keystone XL on “day one” if elected.