WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two Republican Senators are down in the dumps after President Obama finally declared what many knew all along he would do: Scuttle the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Obama has never been behind the pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada all the way to gulf coast area. “The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy,” Obama said Friday at a press conference, announcing the end of the pipeline debacle. “The pipeline would not lower gas prices for American consumers. Shipping dirtier crude oil into our country would not increase America’s energy security.”
Iowa wouldn’t be touched by the pipeline, but it’s two senators nevertheless didn’t miss a chance to sound of on the decision.
“Once again President Obama is illustrating just how out-of-touch he is with workers and families across the country in his rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline,” Senator Joni Ernst said. “However, this reckless decision comes as no surprise following his veto of the critical legislation that Congress and the American people overwhelmingly support.
“It is unfortunate that the President has once again turned his back on a historically vetted energy project that would have created good jobs for the middle class and moved us one step closer to energy independence.
“I remain committed to advocating for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline despite the President’s eagerness to make it a political symbol.”
Meanwhile, Senator Charles Grassley said the President’s Keystone XL Pipeline rejection doesn’t make sense
“It’s completely non-sensical,” Said Grassley, who has served in Congress since the 1970’s. “A lot of jobs in this country are tied to energy and construction. This was a chance to add more of those jobs. It was a chance to help meet the country’s energy needs and reduce dependence on less reliable foreign sources. The government’s own environmental reviews time and again found no significant impact from this project. The State Department, in its final Environmental Impact Statement, indicated that blocking the pipeline was unlikely to significantly impact the production of the Canadian oil, so in effect, blocking the pipeline won’t change the climate impact, because the oil will still be produced and get to market. The rejection of the pipeline is clearly a misguided political decision, rather than one made on the facts and merits.”