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.”