Hoeven pushes reforms after Keystone decision

Senator John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Friday he would re-double his effort to reform the way the State Department considers energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone pipeline, after State finally rejected that project after seven years.

"It was a political decision," Hoeven told the Washington Examiner when asked about Secretary John Kerry's statement today that climate change was a "critical factor" in its decision-making process. "There's the proof."

Hoeven has introduced legislation he sponsored with Democratic colleague Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., that would change how the process works for transnational pipeline approval in the future. The proposal "would eliminate the presidential permit requirement for projects crossing the national boundary between the United States and Canada or Mexico."

It also imposes "a 120-day time limit on the U.S. State Department to either issue a certificate of crossing or deny a project," and devolves power back to the states, focusing the National Environmental Policy Act process "to the federal section of the pipeline — the portion that crosses the border."

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