Salazar, speaking at the North American Prospect Expo, said the pipeline would be beneficial for the country, since the U.S. would be using that oil regardless of whether it's built.
“At the end of the day, we are going to be consuming that oil,” Salazar said. “So is it better for us to get the oil from our good neighbor from the north, or to be bringing it from some place in the Middle East?”
Salazar also praised hydraulic fracking in his remarks, pointing out that there has not been “a single case where hydraulic fracking has created an environmental problem for anyone.”
This is not the first time that Salazar has praised fracking as “safe.” Back in September 2013, Salazar and Obama's former Energy Secretary Steven Chu praised the process of extracting oil and natural gas.
Salazar's remarks come less than a week after the State Department released a report saying the Keystone XL pipeline would not harm the environment or significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions.
But the administration continues to drag its feet. In an interview with Fox News, Obama told host Bill O'Reilly that he would wait for Secretary of State John Kerry's official recommendation before deciding on the pipeline and disputed the number of jobs that would be created by building it.