Congressman Gary Palmer expressed disappointment and strong disapproval of President Obama's decision to veto S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act:
"The Keystone Pipeline Approval Act was passed by large, bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress, and more importantly, with the overwhelming support of the American people. Polls indicate that people support building Keystone by a three-to-one margin. Even amongst Democrats, polls indicate that only "solid liberals' were opposed to Keystone while other Democrats were supportive. Construction of Keystone would mean thousands of jobs for an economy still struggling nearly six years after the great recession."
The President's veto validates criticism that his Administration is not interested in further utilization of the vast and not yet fully realized potential of America's energy sector. When it comes to energy resources -- oil, natural gas, and coal -- the U.S. is one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Only a small but vocal minority opposes responsible use of these resources.
"America's energy resources should be used responsibly to help grow our economy. But if we cannot build a simple pipeline because of the objections of the extreme environmental lobby, it hampers our ability to move forward in growing our energy sector. I urge the members of the House and Senate to listen to the American people, not special interest lobbyists with an extreme agenda, and override this veto."