Yesterday, the Obama administration announced its rejection of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would have traveled from the Canadian oil sands to the U.S. refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.
In the State Department press release, the administration blames Congress for forcing him to make a decision, claiming the administration simply does “not have sufficient time to obtain the information necessary to assess whether the project, in its current state, is in the national interest.”
Therefore, the administration deemed the construction of Keystone XL “not to serve the national interest.” Really? The construction of this pipeline was set to create 20,000 jobs for Americans. It would have secured a source of much-needed oil that may not be domestic, but at least sourced from Canada, our neighbor and great ally. The completion of this pipeline also would have helped America’s independent producers, who face a backlog in the transport of their oil from Cushing, Oklahoma.
Additionally, the press release even indicates that the president has had four years to review the Keystone permit: “since 2008…been conducting a transparent, thorough, and rigorous review.” That’s when President Obama was elected! Four years is still not enough time?
This flat-out rejection of American jobs, energy security, and economic development is sure confirmation of the administration’s animosity toward the oil and natural gas industry and demonstrates the chokehold that the President’s environmental base has over the administration. The labor unions, a huge base of the Democratic Party, are up in arms over this rejection of jobs. Canadian Prime Minister Harper expressed his “profound disappointment” of President Obama’s decision.
Once again, the administration puts pressure from its environmental base over the needs of the American people. In a struggling economy, the fact that the President puts concerns of radical, anti-development activists over blue collar Americans who would have benefited from the well-paying Keystone XL pipeline jobs is truly shameful.