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VIDEO: Cole Questions U.S. Objections To Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) is questioning President Obama's threat to veto the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee will take up Thursday.

During a House Rules Committee hearing Wednesday, North Dakota Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer told Oklahoma’s Fourth District Republican the president is concerned because the pipeline crosses an international border.

But Cole says it shouldn't be an issue because the U-S already runs oil from Alaska to the lower 48 states.

“I’ve had multiple conversations with people in Canada,” Cole said. “And the hypocrisy that they see of running oil through their country, which they have no objection to and cooperate in, and then refusing them the same opportunity. That is, you want to call about the United States projecting a bad image, and conducting a double standard in the world, this is certainly one of them.”

The House is expected to easily pass a bill approving the $5.4 billion construction project Friday.

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Brian Hardzinski is from Flower Mound, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at KGOU as a student intern, joining KGOU full time in 2009 as Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015-16. Brian’s work at KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier, Bucky.
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