The New York Times published a lengthy reminder today that out-of-work Americans are missing out on thousands of new jobs thanks to President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL energy pipeline.
When President Obama “said no to Keystone XL,” the New York Times says Canada began “plunging ahead with plans to build more pipelines of its own,” “streamlining permit processes” and redirecting energy “that had been destined for Gulf Coast refineries to other countries, particularly China.”
This probably isn’t the story President Obama wanted just before another campaign speech where he didn't "unveil new ideas to boost the economy and create new jobs.” Not with 40 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent, an unpopular health care law that’s making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers, and growing disillusionment with the president’s failed policies.
But it’s not just President Obama -- Senate Democrats are stonewalling on Keystone jobs too.
Among the 30 House-passed jobs bills awaiting action by the Democratic-controlled Senate is legislation “forcing construction of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico,” says the Associated Press.
While that bill passed the House with a veto-proof majority, House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) says Senate Democrats are “‘unwilling to compromise at all’ on House language that would require the Obama administration to approve items including the Keystone XL oil pipeline.”
Continued opposition to Keystone XL from President Obama and Senate Democrats means “billions of barrels of oil that would have been refined and used in the United States are now poised to head elsewhere” overseas -- and with them goes thousands of new American jobs.