Johnson Statement Regarding Obama Rejection of Keystone Pipeline

Oshkosh, WI - Senator Ron Johnson (WI) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s decision to block construction of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline:

“President Obama has chosen to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. In doing so, he has turned his back on 20,000 new construction jobs, and the potential of 100,000 new jobs in the future. He is rejecting $20 billion of private sector development, and a source of energy for America that we do not have to purchase from the Middle East. 

“Just yesterday, the President’s own Council on Jobs and Competitiveness recommended expedited permitting of domestic oil pipelines. Today’s decision shows where his true loyalties lie: with extreme environmentalists. He is showing once again his dedication to increasing the federal government’s control and intrusion into our lives. That is risky and irresponsible – particularly in the midst of an economic crisis.”