This afternoon President Obama publicly rejected TransCanada's application to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would have been a vital new link to bring oil to United States' refineries. While the President has invited TransCanada to submit a new application, this could mean years more waiting before construction begins.
Rep. Pitts' statement follows:
"Thirteen million Americans are unemployed. Some have been looking for years. Despite this grim fact, the President will place politics before jobs and reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
"Tens of thousands of jobs would have been directly created during construction. Related industries could have seen thousands more jobs created. Instead, it could take another two years before approval and the beginning of construction.
"In the meantime, it appears that Canada is going to push forward with plans to construct a pipeline to the Pacific Ocean. From there, they will be able ship oil to Asian markets. President Obama keeps talking about bringing jobs back from overseas. However, he could end up being directly responsible for shipping jobs to China."