Lawmakers shouldn’t “short-circuit” the existing process for evaluating the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama told reporters on Friday with the Senate poised to vote on the controversial project next week.

“I’ve been clear in the past… and my position hasn’t changed, that this is a process that is supposed to be followed,” President Obama said at a press conference in Burma.

The president said that until an ongoing court case in Nebraska was settled that could affect the route of the pipeline, it would be difficult for his administration to conduct an accurate study of the effects of construction. And Obama reiterated that he personally would be evaluating the pipeline “on whether or not it accelerates climate change.”

But the president seemed critical of the project, saying he had “to constantly push back against this idea that somehow the Keystone pipeline is either this massive jobs bill for the United States or is somehow lowering gas prices.”

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