Cushing is eager to welcome President Obama

Cushing residents say regardless of political differences, President Barack Obama is welcome there, but they hope his visit will help him change his position on the Keystone Pipeline project.
by Adam Wilmoth Published: March 21, 2012

President Barack Obama's energy policies often have been at odds with those of the oil industry and Cushing. Still, the president's visit has strong support here.

“We're going to welcome him with open arms and host him as we should and with all due respect,” said Kris Kenzie, owner of the Steer Inn restaurant.

“Maybe we'll be fortunate enough that he'll have positive things to say about energy policy. Maybe we can influence him to change his thoughts on the Keystone XL pipeline. Regardless, we're going to welcome him and respect his position, regardless of political affiliation and energy views.”

The president last month blocked the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline that would have shipped up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day to Cushing from Canada and the Northern Plains. Obama has supported another pipeline project TransCanada plans to build from Cushing to southern Texas.

“I'm anxious to hear what he says about his energy policy,” said Brent Thompson, executive director of the Cushing Chamber of Commerce. “We hope that he will be supportive of what we're doing here and will be supportive of continuing to develop our pipeline infrastructure so that we can get oil to here and out of here efficiently.”

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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