Latta on Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline:
"I am deeply disappointed in the President’s decision today to reject the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. After seven years, and five positive economic and environmental assessments from the Administration’s own State Department, the President has once again chosen politics over the needs of hard working American men and women. By the State Department’s own studies, this project would have brought $3.4 billion into the U.S. GDP, and created over 42,000 good paying jobs. We are on the path to attain the North American energy security that has been sought for generations, and the rejection of the Keystone XL project puts that objective farther down the path.
In justification of his decision, the President again implied the protection of our environment is incompatible with fostering the development of our energy resources. This is a false choice, as states and industry have already demonstrated the ability to balance environmental stewardship and promote economic growth. This is another example of the Administration’s failure to listen to the American people, and another obstacle to achieving our economic and security goals."