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Cole Statement on Keystone Pipeline Announcement

January 18, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the White House announced it is rejecting plans to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline:

"President Obama's decision to block the Keystone pipeline is indefensible. This is a purely political move that puts the president's campaign ahead of the urgent need to create American jobs. Years of extensive study show that Keystone will be just as environmentally safe as the many other pipelines already crisscrossing the nation. The president's decision means that this reliable oil supply from our Canadian allies may go to China, and America could miss out on both energy security and tens of thousands of new jobs. Republicans in Congress will continue fighting for Keystone, but President Obama's irresponsible actions have unacceptably jeopardized both our economic and national security interests."