Reaction to rejection of pipeline permit
Oklahomans reacted Wednesday to the Obama administration's decision not to grant a permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry crude oil from the province of Alberta, Canada, through Oklahoma, to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa
“President Obama has now squandered one of the best job-creating opportunities he has ever had. As a result, Oklahoma can no longer look forward to the 14,000 jobs the pipeline would have brought to the state over several years. In fact, of the 20,000 jobs that would have been created immediately, 1,200 would have been in Oklahoma as TransCanada intended to extend the pipeline south from Cushing.
“Given the current tensions with Iran over its nuclear program and their threats to choke off the Strait of Hormuz, the president's decision was reckless, with little regard to the threat America faces from its dependence on Middle East oil.”
Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City
“It is remarkable that President Obama can say the focus should be on jobs one day and then block the creation of new jobs the next day.
“It is clear that the president only wants to move forward with the forms of energy he favors and punish those he does not. Previous pipelines from Canada have been approved in 24 months, but the president has kept the Keystone XL Pipeline in a holding pattern for more than 40 months.”
Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee
“The Keystone Pipeline will create thousands of jobs in the United States, particularly in Oklahoma. It is very disappointing that the president has decided to side with special interest groups rather than the vast majority of Americans.”
David Ocamb, director of
the Oklahoma chapter of the Sierra Club
“The Sierra Club is pleased with the administration's decision. This decision puts the rights of Oklahoma's citizens and property owners ahead of the financial interests of a foreign oil company. Let's be clear about this. This is not a ‘jobs vs. the environment' issue. This is about pollution vs. the
Rep. John Sullivan, R-Tulsa
“President Obama is turning his back on jobs and energy security; this political nod to the radical environmental left single-handedly destroyed nearly 20,000 new private sector jobs and up to 1.3 million barrels of oil per day coming from Alberta, Canada, and North Dakota.”
Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne
“With Oklahoma being a top producer in American-made energy, it is discouraging that the president is turning down this opportunity to create economic prosperity and utilize our domestic energy resources. The Keystone XL pipeline would most certainly serve the national interest, and I do not know why the administration is denying America the chance to grow and
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore
“President Obama's decision to block the Keystone pipeline is indefensible. This is a purely political move that puts the president's campaign ahead of the urgent need to create American jobs. Years of extensive study show that Keystone will be just as environmentally safe as the many other pipelines already crisscrossing the nation.”
Compiled by Chris Casteel,