President Donald Trump has again threatened to shut down the Keystone XL oil pipeline, tweeting “no agreement” with the Obama administration on the controversial pipeline.
The president said the pipeline would not get construction started, and called for the construction to “stop.”
But he did not specify which countries would be affected by a shutdown.
Trump tweeted Saturday morning that “no one is winning in the pipeline debate.
It’s a political and economic one.
Stop wasting your time.”
The president’s comments follow a flurry of leaks on Saturday that showed the White House was considering canceling the pipeline, a decision that would have put it off-line by mid-2019.
The White House had planned to cancel the pipeline this year, but was forced to pull it from the schedule after Republican and Democratic lawmakers voted down a spending bill in March.
But it would not be the last time the administration tries to close the pipeline.
Obama’s administration began construction of the $6.8 billion pipeline in the mid-1990s as a response to the growing number of Americans who were living in or near tar sands oil sands, the type of oil that has been extracted from the Alberta oil sands in Alberta, Canada.
It was supposed to be built with American-made steel and American-built pipelines and the construction would have been completed by 2020.
In the wake of the Keystone debacle, Trump has repeatedly vowed to shut the pipeline down.
In May, he threatened to “put a halt” to the pipeline and “suffer the consequences.”
On Friday, he said he was considering halting the project as a result of the leaks.
In March, Trump said he would “absolutely” shut down or “completely destroy” the Keystone project, and added he would have “a big heart” about it.
But the president said he never said he’d “immediately shut down” the pipeline as a means of shutting down the climate debate.
On Saturday, Trump also took aim at the Keystone pipeline.
He tweeted, “I would cancel Keystone pipeline immediately if there is no agreement made on funding.”
He added that if the pipeline was shut down “for any reason other than to save the planet,” the president would “do it right the way up.”
The Keystone pipeline has become a flashpoint for the climate crisis, as climate activists argue that the pipeline’s approval would damage the environment by pumping more oil into the ground.
The pipeline is one of the main drivers of the climate change debate and its supporters have criticized the administration for its delay.
Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Mining Association released a joint statement calling for the pipeline to be scrapped, saying it would damage environmental health, create economic harm and endanger communities.
The statement said the government had failed to protect the environment and should cancel the project.
The Keystone XL was originally slated to run from Alberta, Alberta, to Illinois, but the Obama Administration put the project on hold after an attempt to revive it fell through.
The Trump administration had wanted to approve the project after the United States became the first country in the world to approve fossil fuels from Canada.
The company behind the pipeline said the company was “confident that it will have the necessary approvals from the United Nations.”
The State Department said in March that it would be reviewing the project for possible environmental impacts, but did not say if it was considering shutting down.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.