Obama Keystone Decision Halts Creation of 20,000 Jobs
Obama Sides with Environmental Left Over Jobs, Economy, Energy Security
Washington, D.C. – Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today commented on the Obama Administration’s announcement that it will delay the Keystone pipeline decision until after the 2012 elections.
“President Obama has been going around the country saying ‘we can’t wait’ for new jobs, yet his State Department announced today that it will delay the Keystone pipeline decision, putting off, and perhaps ultimately preventing, the creation of over 20,000 jobs immediately and 465,000 by 2035, including 14,400 jobs in Oklahoma,” Senator Inhofe said.
“This decision is a clear indication that President Obama’s job-killing global warming agenda is alive and well. Of course, the strongest opposition to the pipeline comes from outspoken global warming alarmists such as James Hansen, who was arrested this summer while protesting the pipeline at the White House. As another alarmist, Bill McKibben, said, ‘There have been few even partial victories about global warming in recent years so [the Keystone decision] makes this an important day’ and the delay ‘will effectively kill the project.’