Congressman David Rivera (FL-25) released the following statement today after the Obama Administration announced the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline fast track approved by Congress in December, and signed into law by President Obama. The bill required approval of the Keystone project by February 21st, unless the President believes the pipeline would not serve the national interest.
"The Obama Administration continues to play politics with American jobs, foreign affairs and energy.
"By rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama is effectively killing 20,000 American jobs. With more than 13 million Americans out of work, we cannot afford losing this many jobs.
"The Obama Administration continues to stall, preventing our friend and neighbor, Canada, from completing the Keystone XL pipeline project. At the same time, they stand idly by and even support a State Sponsor of Terrorism drilling less than 90 miles from our own shores. That sends a mixed foreign policy message that America is willing to offend our allies while encouraging our enemies.
"As gas prices rise and Americans pay more at the pump, an opportunity to decrease our dependence on oil from the Middle East is slipping through our fingers. This decision by the Obama Administration forces TransCanada to find alternatives to sell their substantial oil reserves. Most notably, TransCanada is looking at building a pipeline to Canada's west coast to sell their oil to the Chinese.
"It is extremely disappointing that President Obama has decided to jeopardize American jobs, foreign policy and energy security in favor of his own political agenda. That is not a way to lead.
"For the Obama Administration to declare this opportunity for increased energy independence not in "America's national interest' is an outrage."