Obama scraps Keystone XL pipeline

In a move that can only be described as pandering to the far left, President Barack Obama has decided to ignore U.S. energy needs and the prospects of creating tens of thousands of jobs by choosing to deny the creation of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The pipeline would have created 20,000 direct jobs, had the prospects of creating more than 100,000 supporting jobs, and would have brought 830,000 barrels of crude oil a day from the oil sands of Canada to American oil refineries, further strengthening our North American partnership. Instead, Canada may have no choice now but to send this oil to China.

“As our energy needs grow, we need access to affordable oil from friendly and stable sources, like Canada, now more than ever,” said Congressman Morgan Griffith (VA-9). “Our friends, the Canadians, now have no choice but to sell their oil to China and other countries.”

In his refusal of the pipeline, the president stated, “this announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people. I’m disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision, but it does not change my Administration’s commitment to American-made energy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil.”

Seriously? The president rejected the pipeline because of a tiff with the GOP, not on the merits of bring jobs and energy to America?

Because of the very partisan tone of the president’s statement, it’s not surprising to see that his decision has brought swift condemnation from conservatives across the country and the commonwealth.

“If Americans want to understand why unemployment in the United States has been stuck above 8 percent for the longest stretch since the Great Depression, decisions like this one are the place to begin,” said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “By declaring that the Keystone pipeline is not in the ‘national interest,’ the President demonstrates a lack of seriousness about bringing down unemployment, restoring economic growth, and achieving energy independence. He seems to have confused the national interest with his own interest in pleasing the environmentalists in his political base.”

Romney certainly isn’t the only one to see it that way. Governor Bob McDonnell said the president was putting ideology ahead of job creation and Scott Rigell, congressman from Virginia Beach, summed it up quite succinctly, “This is further evidence that this administration does not appreciate the links among energy independence, national security and job creation.”

Of course, Tim Kaine, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate agrees with the administration’s decision to halt the pipeline’s production – saying that its development now would be “hasty” and calls Congress’ desire to take action “artificial” and “politically-motivated” as well. Kaine says there has not been enough time to review the project thoroughly.

“We need every single job our businesses can create and the Keystone Pipeline may help increase energy supplies, but by itself, it is not a solution to either our economic crisis or our energy crisis. We shouldn’t let the Washington hype over this project allow us to lose sight of our larger economic and energy challenges,” said Kaine.

The amazing thing is that both the president and Kaine admit that the pipeline will create jobs and support increasing energy supplies – at a time we desperately need it – but they continue to vacillate in favor of the far left.

Obviously, Kaine’s opponent, George Allen, sees that further delays and obfuscation by the president and his allies like Tim Kaine are harmful for the U.S. economy, energy and job creation.

“These harmful approaches, which Tim Kaine supports, are causing higher costs for farmers, high food and gasoline costs for struggling families and fewer job opportunities for Americans,” said Allen. “It’s time for America to take control of our own destiny by unleashing our plentiful energy resources to help create millions of jobs, increase our supply of affordable energy, allow Americans to access secure sources of energy, and keep our money here in the U.S.A. while generating trillions in revenues to the government – without raising taxes.”

Unfortunately for America, we can’t take control until decisions like these are no longer being made.

  • Tim J

    “but it does not change my Administration’s commitment to American-made energy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil.” equals “Green Energy” and the associated patronage scandals which Obama has skated through without a hand being laid on him.

  • kelley in virginia

    no matter your opinion of Newt, he hit the nail on the head when he call Bambi’s decision “stunningly stupid”

  • Newt’s statement just arrived in my inbox:

    Along with yesterday’s decision to cancel the long planned U.S.-Israeli war game, the Obama administration is signaling extraordinary national security weakness at a time when the Iranian regime is threatening to shut down the Straits of Hormuz.

    President Obama has made it clear once again that he is committed to Saul Alinksy radicalism at the expense of working Americans. This radicalism is especially evident in today’s decision given that just 24 hours ago President Obama’s own Panel on Jobs and Competitiveness published a report calling for the creation of new jobs through the construction of pipelines like Keystone XL Pipeline and the expansion of oil and gas production.

  • More from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

    This political decision offers hard evidence that creating jobs is not a high priority for this administration. The President’s decision sends a strong message to the business community and to investors: keep your money on the sidelines, America is not open for business. By placing politics over policy, the Obama administration is sacrificing tens of thousands of good-paying American jobs in the short term, and many more than that in the long term.

    It is dumbfounding that President Obama’s decision to deny the Keystone XL pipeline permit ignores his own Council on Jobs and Competitiveness “Road Map to Renewal” report. Issued yesterday, it recommends that the United States step up its game on energy and construct pipelines to deliver fuel as a key component of our economic recovery.

    Just as troubling, the President’s decision will make us more dependent on oil from foreign nations that don’t share our interests. He’s also saying no to improving our relationship with our reliable and friendly ally to the north, Canada.

    American workers and consumers should be outraged. They deserve better than this politically-motivated decision.

  • Just words.. How much of the deal did he object to due to right to work laws favored by certain states? Were any canadian unions influenced by saudi interests to oppose a pipeline without a deal? Was there some issue relating to who would process the bitumen and where? I smell a union and saudi campaign donation(s).

  • Tim Donner

    Putting aside the obvious cave to environmental wackos and the resulting loss of both jobs and confidence in Obama’s commitment to creating jobs, this strikes me as an incredibly short-sighted and foolish political decision.

    Consider that the president sided with one of his chief constituencies against another more powerful one, unions, and that independent voters, who will decide this election, will certainly punish him for this stunning affirmation of his unreconstructed socialist world view.

    This is a lump of coal for the country, but a beautifully boxed gift for Republicans.

  • Steve Vaughan

    6,000 permanent jobs, not 20,000. And the pipeline had litte to do with U.S. energy needs since it carried oil from Canada across the U.S. where it would be refined and shipped and sold overseas.

    That said, the enivornmental concerns were overstated.

  • Everything I have read, including statements by public officials in Canada, said 20K jobs, Steve. I stand by my reporting. As a reporter, you know that galls. I’m no liar.

  • Steve Vaughan

    I wasn’t calling you a liar. I’ve also seen the 20,000 figure. But that’s only for when the pipeline is under construction. Permanent jobs to operate the pipeline are 6,000.

  • MD Russ

    Steve is correct. Moreover, the 20,000 jobs are “man-year” jobs, i.e. one job that last three years during construction is counted as three jobs.

    Jim, chill! No one is calling you a liar. This is just an honest disagreement over the interpretation of the data.

    The real issue here is that although the Obama Administration has had three years to examine this project they are now punting a decision to after the 2012 election. They will wind up approving the pipeline with a few alterations to the route, but they didn’t want to do that now and piss off the tree-huggers. Not exactly another Profiles In Courage moment for Obama.

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