"The decision to say no to a project that would create 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs - with an additional 118,000 indirect jobs -- defies logic when the U.S. is suffering from high unemployment and a struggling economy," said National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons in a prepared statement. "For America's future, it's always better to choose sound policy over politics. Instead, the administration followed the political winds and rejected a clear way to create jobs."
Obama issued a statement saying Congressional Republicans rushed a Feb. 21 deadline to approve the project before a full assessment of the pipeline's impact was conducted.
"The announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people," Obama said in a statement. "I'm disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision, but it does not change my administration's commitment to American-made energy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil."
Let's face it: Big Oil is used to getting its way. But not today... and we have President Obama to thank for standing up to them in spite of the political risk.
President Obama has just rejected a permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline -- a project that promised riches for the oil giants and an environmental disaster for the rest of us.
His decision represents a victory of historic proportions for people from throughout the pipeline path and all across America who have waged an uphill, years-long fight against one of the most nightmarish fossil fuel projects of our time.
For this one term president to say his first priority is for JOBS, JOBS, JOBS......is both a lie and laughable. Believe me, we have enough environmental regulations and laws on the books to set your mind at ease if accidents is really his reasoning for saying no to this project. Are we better off handing money to the post office or Kermit???? We need the jobs and we need the energy.