January 18, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement responding to the Administration’s decision to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline project.

“Today the Administration destroyed at least 20,000 potential jobs with one ill-advised and politically calculated decision, “said Poe. “I am deeply disappointed by the decision to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline, a choice that deprives this nation of much-needed jobs and a valuable source of energy from a friendly ally.

Not only did the Administration say no to the Keystone XL Pipeline, it said no to thousands of union jobs that would be created in construction and no to more jobs in refineries. It said no to our stable ally to the North, Canada, who is one of our closest trading partners. It said no to Americans who are struggling to pay the high cost of fuel just to get to work.

There are some victors in this tale. The winners of the Administration’s decision are the unstable Middle Eastern nations who control the supply of U.S. oil; the malicious dictators, like Chavez, who have declared America their enemy while at the same time enjoying the benefits of our business, and Ahmadinejad, who threaten to close the Strait of Hormuz, and the radical environmental lobby who is so blinded by its hatred of “big oil” that it overlooks the fact that pipelines are without a doubt the most cost-effective, safe and environmentally sound way to transport oil and natural gas. The White House made this decision based on what is best for politics not for people. 

This is a lost opportunity for America. Canada will still build the pipeline, but instead of heading down into the U.S., the oil will be sent west to our chief competitor in the world—China. Americans are in need of a stable source of energy, and they are thirsty for jobs. This project would provide both, free of cost to the taxpayers. It would enhance our national security, energy security and economic security. But instead of providing some relief to the people, the Administration has turned its back on the American people and just said no.

The Administration still refuses to take a position on the Keystone XL Pipeline, blaming its decision not on the merits of the project but the 60 day deadline that was included in legislation in December. America has been waiting for approval on the Keystone Pipeline for more than 3 years. The Administration has already had enough time to make a decision. In today’s announcement the Administration failed to admit three things: (1) the Administration picked its own deadline, first quarter 2013—conveniently right after the election; (2) the 60 day deadline passed both Chambers of Congress with bipartisan support; (3) the President signed the legislation including the 60 day deadline into law.  If creating jobs really was the number one priority of this Administration, it would not be actively destroying new jobs for American workers.

And that’s just the way it is.”

Congressman Poe represents the 2nd Congressional district where the pipeline ends.