President Barack Obama fielded questions on the Keystone XL pipeline and rail safety in a short, six minute interview with regional news WDAY anchor Kerstin Kealy broadcast last Thursday night.
“Part of the reason North Dakota has done so well is that we have been very much promoting domestic, US energies,” the President said in response to Kealy asking why he vetoed the Keystone bill.
“I’ve already said I’m happy to look at how we can increase pipeline production for US oil, but Keystone is for Canadian oil to send that down to the Gulf.
“It bypasses the United States and is estimated to create a little over 250, maybe 300 permanent jobs,” Obama continued. “We should be focusing more broadly on American infrastructure for American jobs and American producers, and that’s something that we very much support.”
In the one-on-one sit-down interview in the White House, Kealy also asked the President if rail safety, “a huge issue in our area,” was one of his priorities.
“It is,” he said. “We’ve had the Department of Transportation work very closely with both workers, with environmental groups and with the railways to start thinking, how do we upgrade transportation safety when it comes to these big rail cars with potentially hazardous cargo? I think we can do a better job on it.”
Edited from various sources by Elizabeth Corner
Sources: InForum, WDAZ Television