Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Gingrey: Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline "outrageous"

Media release: Congressman Phil Gingrey (GA-11) today expressed his disappointment in President Obama's decision to reject construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline:
-"With the rejection of the Keystone Pipeline, the Obama administration has once again put partisan politics above our economy and energy independence. The Pipeline, a $7 billion privately-funded project, would have ultimately created more than 100,000 jobs for American workers who've been hardest-hit by the recession — welders, mechanics, pipefitters and others. It would also decrease the national security threat of relying on oil from unstable or unfriendly nations.
-"Contrary to his claims, President Obama has had far more than 60 days to review this project — he had more than three years and access to numerous environmental impact studies, all resulting in support for the project from his own Department of Energy. In fact, at three different points last year — March, April, and July — the State Department projected a decision before the end of 2011. This rejection is what voters have come to despise about Washington — that a politician would stand in the way of jobs and national security in exchange for support from special interest groups. It is an outrageous decision and I am extremely disappointed."

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