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What they’re saying about Keystone XL

Here’s a sampling of reactions to the Obama administration’s decision not to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline:

From House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield:

“The Obama Administration just made the wrong decision for our country and for the American people. But what is more troubling than the President’s opposition to the Keystone pipeline is his preference to slow walk tough decisions to death. The President’s approach to this process and his ultimate decision reveals a lack of leadership when facing tough issues. His continued political posturing when met with ideas he doesn’t agree reveals a lack of critical thinking and a mindless attachment to ideology above the common good.”

From House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco:

“This morning, the President agreed with the recommendation of Secretary Kerry to deny the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, ending a long debate in our country.

“After weighing the equities, it was decided that the pipeline would have offered too little benefit and caused far too much damage to our climate and our country. Three issues that were debated in Congress that argued against the pipeline were the lack of assurances that the oil would stay in America, the failure to close the loophole that allowed Keystone’s tar sands not to pay into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, and the absence of a requirement that this pipeline be built with American-sourced steel.

“Now, we must work together to achieve real energy independence and create good-paying jobs building energy and transportation infrastructure worthy of the 21st century. It is time for all of us to set aside our differences and make the robust, long-term investments in the modern roads, rails, bridges, broadband, and water systems that our country needs.”

“We must engage the public as we work in furtherance of policies that reduce the price at the pump for the consumer, truly create jobs in our country and address the challenges presented by the climate crisis.”

From Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla:

“President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline is a huge mistake, and is the latest reminder that this administration continues to prioritize the demands of radical environmentalists over America’s energy security. When I’m president, Keystone will be approved, and President Obama’s backward energy policies will come to an end.”

From U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif:

“I want to thank the Obama Administration for protecting the health of the American people and the health of the planet by rejecting the ill-advised Keystone tar sands pipeline, which would have brought the filthiest oil known to humankind into our country in large amounts.”

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From Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto:

“President Obama announced today that his Administration is rejecting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a proposal that promised thousands of jobs, energy independence, and a win for our national economy. I couldn’t agree more with the President’s decision.

“It became clear to me during hearings at the Energy and Commerce Committee that Keystone XL was simply a bad deal for the American people and here’s why: (1) It was discovered that only 35 permanent American jobs would be created, despite claims of thousands. (2) The Canadian tar sands oil, the dirtiest in the world, would have been shipped directly to international oil markets, meaning American consumers would not benefit from purported lower gas prices. And, (3) the U.S. would have to assume all of the risks in the event of a spill, a scenario that played out in a 2010 Kalamazoo River spill in Michigan with an estimated cleanup price tag of $1.2 billion.

“I’ve also consistently opposed legislation considered by the Energy and Commerce Committee to exempt the proposal from longstanding environmental protections and consideration by the State Department. That opposition proved successful today.

“Investment in renewable energy technologies and infrastructure is a far more prudent endeavor in the face of a changing climate. As global leaders prepare to convene in Paris next month for an international climate change summit, I look forward to the progress that can be made to ensure a clean energy future.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.