Following the Obama Administration's decision to reject a permit for the Keystone Pipeline, Representative Sean Duffy today issued the following statement:
"In an effort to appease political supporters during an election year, President Obama has effectively turned his back on our economy and has decided to ignore the potential to create more than 100,000 American jobs," Duffy said. "You can't be pro-jobs and anti-pipeline. You can't be pro-energy independence and anti-pipeline. It's a real shame this Administration has decided to reject jobs and growth in order to avoid what they perceive to be a thorny political issue. This project has received wide support from both sides of the aisle -- including major Labor Unions. Now, as Canada begins to explore other export markets, such as China, I strongly urge President Obama to reconsider delaying his decision before it is too late."
The construction of the Keystone Pipeline is estimated to create 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs and 118,000 total jobs, and would transport more than 700,000 barrels of safe and secure oil each day from Canada's border to the Gulf of Mexico.