Washington, Jan. 18 -
Mr. Speaker, there is disturbing news today regarding our national security and economic security. Politico reports that the administration will say ìnoî to the Keystone XL pipeline today. So ìnoî to thousands of union and nonunion jobs to build the pipeline, and ìnoî to refinery jobs in southeast Texas. ìNoî to obtaining oil from a reliable nation and ally like Canada.
But ìyesî to more oil from dictators like Chavez from Venezuela; ìyesî to being held hostage to Middle Eastern oil and dictators like Ahmadinejad, who now threatens to stop oil tankers from going through the Strait of Hormuz. And ìyesî to insulting Canada.
The Prime Minister of Canada says that he will build a pipeline, but now it will go to his west coast, and that crude oil will be loaded on Chinese tankers ñ China, our national competitor regarding the economy. Isnít that lovely.
If the administration chooses to say ìnoî to Keystone XL, the administration chooses poorly.
And thatís just the way it is.