The President today agreed to reject the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline project, following the recommendation by the State Department. The President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness earlier endorsed the project as a significant job creator, and it has received broad bipartisan support across Congress. If completed, the Keystone Pipeline would transport crude oil from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada through Saskatchewan, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and on to Port Arthur, Texas to be refined. Congressman Yoder made the following statement regarding the President's decision:
"It is disappointing that the President would not listen to the advice of his own bipartisan jobs council, to members of both parties in Congress and to the American people who overwhelmingly support measures to grow our nation's lagging economy. While unemployment remains still much higher than what was promised when the Stimulus bill was passed, the Keystone Pipeline project presents an opportunity to add tens of thousands of jobs to our nation's payrolls, and to do so with the newest and cleanest technology available. I urge the President to reconsider his decision."