With his decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama “is turning his back on America and Americans,” a Georgia Congressman charged.
“With unemployment in this country stubbornly staying above 8 percent, now for 35 months in a row and far above where the White House promised we would be under their economic plan – the Obama Administration is saying ‘No!’ to tens of thousands of jobs for Americans,” U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., said in a statement.
“It is saying ‘No!’ to our ally Canada, and ‘Yes!’ to seeing these energy resources sent overseas,” Price added. “In short, the president is turning his back on America and Americans. America needs an all of the above energy strategy that fosters innovation in new technologies while accepting and encouraging access to available resources and the jobs that come with them.”
For his part, Obama blamed Republicans.
“As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment,” Obama said in a statement. “As a result, the Secretary of State has recommended that the application be denied. And after reviewing the State Department’s report, I agree.”