House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after the Obama administration called for consideration of a new route for the Keystone XL pipeline, triggering a new environmental review and delaying a final decision on approval of the project into 2013.
“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.
“The production of American-made energy has a direct link to American job creation. That’s why House Republicans will soon introduce and pass jobs legislation that ties the permanent expansion of American energy production to an increase in new infrastructure projects. Today is another reminder that the President’s energy policy is destroying American jobs while Republicans are focused on using American resources to put people back to work.”
NOTE: Last week, Speaker Boehner announced that House Republicans will formally introduce an energy & infrastructure jobs bill, and move it through the House before the end of the year. The bill will link expanded American energy production with initiatives to repair and improve infrastructure, permanently removing barriers to private-sector growth.