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The fact is that TransCanada split the Keystone project into two parts, so they would not be forced to wait on the president’s State Department permit for the southern leg from Cushing to Port Arthur, Texas. Now, the president will try to create a ribbon-cutting moment for a project that would already be complete, if he had not personally stopped its progress.  It is beyond audacious to now claim credit for what he worked to shut down.

The United States — the world's third-largest oil producer — has more than 163 billion barrels of recoverable oil. That's enough to maintain our current rates of production and replace imports from the Persian Gulf for more than 50 years. States in the Midwest are dying to sell their oil, but they have no way of moving it because the administration has done everything in its power to stand in the way of traditional American energy production. If the President truly supports all-of-the-above American-made energy strategies, he may want to give the rest of his administration a heads up.

Currently, the president says one thing while his staff does something completely different. The list of the administration’s burdens on American energy production include:  the Bureau of Land Management’s disclosure requirements; EPA’s methane emission standards, regional haze rules, Cross State Air Pollution Rules (CSAPR), and Utility and Boiler MACT rules; and six agencies trying to slow hydraulic fracking. I am not surprised that our Canadian neighbors are courting China and Japan to buy their plentiful oil.

We are finally approaching a time when we produce our own energy or at least get all our energy from North America; now is not the time to derail our progress.

Rep. Lankford represents Oklahoma's first congressional district.