Darryl Sutter, head coach of the Los Angeles Kings, plans to tell President Obama to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline when the team visits the White House to celebrate their 2012 Stanley Cup championship.

“I’m gonna ask him about it – damn rights [sic] I am,” Sutter, a Canadian, told The Globe and Mail (Toronto). “It’s 20 feet underground. How can we not want to keep North America [energy self-sufficient]? Why does the border have to separate that? It doesn’t make sense. For sure, I’m going to ask him.” The Kings are visiting the White House today.

The State Department, which has jurisdiction over the issue because the pipeline crosses the border from Canada into the United States, has refused to authorize construction of the northern portion of Keystone XL.

Environmentalist efforts to block the pipeline suffered a blow when a draft review of the pipeline released by the State Department said that the pipeline “is unlikely to have a substantial impact on the rate of development in the oil sands, or on the amount of heavy crude oil refined in the Gulf Coast area.”

“Today’s report again makes clear there is no reason for this critical pipeline to be blocked one more day,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement.  “After four years of needless delays, it is time for President Obama to stand up for middle-class jobs and energy security and approve the Keystone pipeline.”