Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former U.S. Ambassador 'Embarrassed' by Handling of Keystone XL Review

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former U.S. Ambassador 'Embarrassed' by Handling of Keystone XL Review

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Ex-U.S. envoy 'embarrassed' by KXL handling

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CALGARY - A former American ambassador to Canada says he is embarrassed by how the U.S. government handled the Keystone XL pipeline review.

David Wilkins, who was ambassador during the presidency of George W. Bush, says there was no need to take seven years to announce a decision.

U.S. President Barack Obama rejected the US$8-billion cross-border pipeline a week ago on the grounds it would neither help the U.S. economy nor its efforts to combat carbon emissions.

Wilkins, speaking at an energy summit hosted by the Economic Club of Canada in Calgary, says the best shot Keystone XL has at being resurrected is if there's a Republican in the White House in 2017.

The plain-spoken South Carolina native is now a partner at Nelson Mullins, Riley & Scarborough LLP, where he works on Canada-U. …

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