March 21 White House Press Gaggle

By The White House, The White House - March 21, 2012

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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

Aboard Air Force One En Route Boulder City, Nevada

10:57 A.M. EDT   MR. CARNEY:  Okay, let's get started.  I have no announcements.  I just want to welcome you onboard Air Force One for the beginning of this two-day, multi-state trip that's focusing on American-made energy and the President's all-of-the-above approach to our energy needs and energy challenges.  You have all the details.  I won't torture you by reading again about the stops that we're making and why we're making them.  Instead I will invite you to ask penetrating but easy-to-answer questions.

Q    Jay, does the administration have any authority over the southern portion of Keystone?  I thought that was just a FERC issue.

MR. CARNEY:  I'd have to refer you to the agency and then -- which has some, as I understand it, role to play in these kinds of domestic pipeline issues.  I just don't have those details handy for you.

Q    -- is reporting that the President is going to talk about some sort of expedited review.

MR. CARNEY:  I've seen those reports.  I don't have anything new for you.  The President has been very clear, as he put out -- we put out in a statement -- about his support for the building of the pipeline, the so-called Cushing pipeline, from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf of Mexico because of the glut of oil in Cushing and the need to move that product to the Gulf for refining.  So he's very supportive, and he -- and the statement we put out the urged that it be expedited.  But I don't have any more details to provide to you about that at this time.

Q    What authority would he have to expedite any reviews for the southern portion?

MR. CARNEY:  I don't -- I haven’t reviewed the material on that.  I just don't know.  I don't have anything I can tell you about that right now.

Q    Jay, our first stop today will have to do with solar energy.


Q    Yesterday, the United States put some tariffs on solar panels from China, but the tariffs were lower than the industry expected and it ended up boosting Chinese shares.  Why were the tariffs so low?

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