article US oil companies are planning to bid on the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry crude from Alberta to Texas to satisfy domestic demand.
The White House says it will announce its decision later this month.
However, President Donald Trump has yet to make any commitments to the pipeline or what it would cost.
The pipeline would carry US crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota to refineries in Texas.
The United States produces more than 80% of the world’s oil, but the country is not a signatory to the Paris climate agreement, which is aimed at curbing emissions.
Last month, Trump told Fox News that the pipeline would not be built.
“It won’t be built,” Trump said.
“We have a lot of things that are very, very important to our economy and our country.
It’s a very important pipeline, and I think it would be an excellent thing to build,” Trump added.
But environmentalists say the pipeline’s opponents are likely to argue that the United States has already done enough to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and that it would take much longer to bring down emissions from oil.
Environmentalists have been fighting to stop the pipeline for years, and in December, a judge ruled against the United Nation’s World Bank, saying it had not made an “informed decision” on the pipeline.