Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement reacting to the State Department’s Environmental Impact Study for the Keystone XL Pipeline:

“Now that the State Department has released its final Environmental Impact Study, it is time for the President to quit delaying and act on what in the national interest, not the interest of those in his corner politically. Our country’s energy and national security should not be beholden to the environmental lobby any longer. President Obama should begin his “year of action” by making good on his support for an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy and swiftly approving the Keystone XL Pipeline. This shovel ready project will create thousands of jobs and safely provide America with almost as much crude oil as we get from Venezuela. America can be energy independent if the Administration would step out of the way. It is time to make Middle Eastern turmoil irrelevant.”

Houston Congressman Ted Poe is the author of the “Keystone for a Secure Tomorrow Act” which would empower Congress to directly and immediately approve the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.