Gary Doer, Canada's ambassador to the United States.
Credits: LYLE ASPINALL/CALGARY SUN/QMI AGENCY
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ambassador Gary Doer is so confident the Keystone XL pipeline will eventually be built, he's willing to bet beer on it.
Actually, he's put an entire six-pack on the line.
Doer, Canada's ambassador to the United States, made his claim while speaking at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies Tuesday.
He touted the tens of thousands of jobs it could create, increased energy security for the US and polling that consistently shows Americans support the $7-billion project.
"I believe all those reasons will allow us to get a common-sense decision," he said. "I will bet a six-pack that it is going to happen."
Earlier this year, President Barack Obama rejected TransCanada's application, but encouraged the company to re-apply with a new route around environmentally sensitive lands in Nebraska.
Critics accused Obama of playing politics with the controversial project and punting off a decision until after the election.
The pipeline would ship about 700,000 barrels of crude a day from Alberta's oilsands to refineries in the southern U.S.
On Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney again stressed that, if elected, he would approve the pipeline within the first 100 days of taking office as part of his plan to make North America energy independent within eight years.
"We're going to take advantage of our neighbours' success, and not send it to China," he said at a fundraiser in Atlanta, Georgia.
Doer, too, addressed Canada's interest in pursuing oil markets in Asia following Obama's delay on Keystone.
"I think it was important for the prime minister to reiterate that there is more than one country in the world that wants our products," Doer said, adding Canada still wants to send oil to the US, but that "it is better to have more than one customer."