Alabama lawmakers react to President Obama’s rejection of Keystone XL pipeline

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Alabama lawmakers are reacting to President Barack Obama‘s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline after a lengthy seven-year State Department review of the controversial project.

Obama’s denied the 1,179-mile pipeline that would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of petroleum from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast Friday afternoon citing concerns about its impact on the climate.

“America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change, and frankly, approving this project would have undercut that leadership,” Obama explained.

The entire Alabama Congressional delegation — including lone Democrat U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) — voted for Keystone.

Here’s what the Alabama lawmakers have to say about Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline:

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby via Facebook:

Unsurprisingly, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline today. Keystone would create jobs and decrease energy bills for American families while boosting our nation’s energy independence.

The rejection of this job-creating project stands as further proof that this Administration is more concerned with playing partisan politics than improving our economy.

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-01):

It is disappointing, but not surprising, that President Obama has decided to put the views of radical environmentalists over what’s in the best interest of the American people. The Keystone Pipeline project would create thousands of jobs, and it is a shame the President won’t allow it to move forward.

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-03):

With the rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline, the Obama Administration once again stands in the way of job creation. With instability in the Middle East, North American energy is exactly what this country needs, but instead Obama’s policy agenda includes rejection of both reliable energy and American jobs. I am extremely disappointed, but not surprised, that this Administration is playing politics with our country’s economy.

 

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