Speaker Boehner to Meet with Alberta Premier Redford Re: POTUS’ Keystone Energy Delay

Speaker Boehner will meet with Alberta Premier Alison Redford today regarding President Obama’s decision to delay the Keystone XL energy project, sacrificing more than 20,000 new American jobs.

The House passed the bipartisan North American-Made Energy Security Act (H.R. 1938) in July requiring the administration to determine by November 1 whether it would allow the Keystone project to move forward. But the Democratic-controlled Senate stalled the bill, and the president – preoccupied with campaigning – decided to delay a decision until after the 2012 election. Speaker Boehner said, “More than 20,000 new American jobs have just been sacrificed in the name of political expediency”:

“By punting on this project, the President has made clear that campaign politics are driving U.S. policy decisions – at the expense of American jobs. The current project has already been deemed environmentally sound, and calling for a new route is nothing but a thinly-veiled attempt to avoid upsetting the President’s political base before the election.  It’s a failure of leadership.”

Here’s what others around the country are saying about President Obama’s decision to delay action on this job-creating energy project until after the next election:

  • “More Evidence that the President is Now in Campaign Mode”: “More evidence that the president is now in campaign mode comes from his announcement last week that he won't make a decision on the pipeline that will carry crude oil from the Canadian oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries until after his re-election bid is over. ... Obama's waffling may appease the president's base. But it's not likely to help him with the hundreds of thousands of Americans who want jobs, and want them now.” (Detroit News, 11/14/11)
  • “Job-Killers Win, American Workers Lose”: “This isn't about the environment. Modern pipelines leak sparingly, and when they do they can be easily shut down until repairs are made. The Environmental Impact Statement gave this project a ‘Go.’ ... Terry O'Sullivan, general president of the Laborers' International Union of North America, noted: ‘The administration chose to support environmentalists over jobs -- job-killers win, American workers lose.’” (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 11/13/11)
  • “Poorly Disguised Political Punt,” “Shortsighted Call”: “The Obama administration's decision to postpone a ruling on the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline till 2013 is a poorly disguised political punt. … Postponement of a decision on Keystone is an opportunity missed for this administration to create needed jobs and enhance energy security. It is a shortsighted call.” (Houston Chronicle, 11/11/11)
  • “Obama’s Punt Does Not Reflect Leadership”: “America will need a lot of energy in the coming years, so it will need to rise above the petty carbon/non-carbon debate and embrace every realistic source of power. The Keystone pipeline should be part of that multi-pronged approach. Obama's punt does not reflect leadership.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/12/11)
  • “Mr. Obama is Voting Present”: “President Obama used to be fond of ‘shovel-ready projects.’ He's also demanding that Congress pass his jobs bill immediately because 9% unemployment is a crisis, and, by the way, he's for making the U.S. less reliant on energy from tyrants. So how about putting 20,000 Americans to work on a North American energy project that's as shovel-ready as they come? Sorry, Mr. Obama is voting present.” (Wall Street Journal, 11/14/11)
  • “Sends a Bad Message That We’re Not Open for Business”: “The U.S. decision to delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline is a ‘catastrophic’ cop-out by the Obama administration, former U.S. ambassador to Canada David Wilkins said Friday.... ‘This route has been studied and studied and studied,’ he said. ‘It’s the longest permitting process in the history of the world, I think. It sends a bad message that we’re not open for business.’” (CBC News, 11/11/11)

Removing government barriers that hurt energy production and drive up prices on families and small businesses is a key part of the American Energy Initiative and the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators. Stay tuned for more on today’s meeting between Speaker Boehner and Premier Redford.