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Gerlach Statement on President's Lack of Leadership on Energy Independence and Jobs


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6th District) issued the following statement Wednesday after the Obama Administration announced it would continue blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline:

"At a time when Americans want real leadership to help break our dependence on Middle East oil and create jobs, the President failed to lead and opted to block a project that has the potential of creating up to 20,000 jobs. Today's decision will make it more likely that jobs that could have been created here in the United States will be shipped to China along with a significant new supply of crude oil that could have been refined in the United States. I would hope the Administration would reconsider this disappointing decision so that we can start putting Americans back to work and get our economy moving again."

The President refused to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, despite bipartisan support for the project that would carry Support for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry tar-sands oil from Alberta, Canada to U.S. refineries.

In an October 2011 letter to the President, House Democrats wrote: "Not only would the Keystone XL Pipeline bolster America's economy, but it also would help strengthen our country's energy and national security by importing stable, secure oil from our friendly neighbor Canada and allowing our nation to decrease imports of higher priced "conflict oil" from regions such as the Middle East and Venezuela, which are not friendly to the United States and do not share our values."

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