MADISON – Today, President Obama announced the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline project. Keystone XL was a proposed oil pipeline that would have moved more than 800,000 barrels per day from Canada’s oil fields to American refineries. The proposed 1,700 miles of pipeline would have crossed six states, created thousands of jobs, and further assured North American energy independence.
In response to the rejection of this project, Lucas Vebber, WMC Director of Environmental and Energy Policy, released the following statement:
“Access to affordable and reliable energy is the lifeblood of a developed economy. The Keystone XL project would have opened up tremendous new North American energy resources that would have driven the U.S. economy to new heights and fostered energy independence. The rejection of this critical energy infrastructure project proves yet again that President Obama puts the wishes of the radical environmental lobby ahead of the best interests of the American worker. Today’s decision is yet another step backward for the U.S. economy at the hands of the Obama administration.”