Cold Call North

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

 Jan. 18 (Bloomberg) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told President Barack Obama in a telephone call today that Canada will seek to diversify its energy exports, after the U.S. rejected a plan to build a pipeline to carry Canadian oil.

Obama called Harper to tell him the U.S. had denied a permit for TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline, according to details of the call provided by Harper’s office.

Harper “expressed his profound disappointment with the news,” according to the statement.

Obama told Harper the rejection was not based on the project’s merit and that the company is free to re-apply. Harper told Obama he hoped the project would continue given its importance to growth in both countries. 

A Republican Hill staffer sent the report out this evening with the subject line: “Get China on the other line!”