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Keystone is Dead

"The State Department has decided that the Keystone XL pipeline would not serve the national interest of the United States," Obama said in a 10-minute announcement at the White House with Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Biden.

 

This happened last Friday and it’s effect will be felt for long after those 10 mins. This project  has been 7 years in the making and effects not one but two countries. And needless to say a lot of people are not happy about it. Here are some quotes about what people are saying.

 

  • Transcanada said it remains "absolutely committed" to the project. "We will review our options to potentially file a new application for border-crossing authority to ship our customer's crude oil, and will now analyze the stated rationale for the denial," said company CEO Russ Girling.

 

  • "President Obama today demonstrated that he cares more about kowtowing to green-collar elitists than he does about creating desperately needed, family-supporting, blue-collar jobs," said Terry O’Sullivan, the general president of the the Laborers’ International Union of North America.

 

  • "The Obama administration's politically motivated rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline is a self-inflicted attack on the U.S. economy and jobs," said former Florida governor Jeb Bush, R-Fla.

 

Obama even downplayed the significance and importance of the decision, saying the project had an "over-inflated role in our political discourse." The pipeline, he said, was neither a "silver bullet for the economy" nor "the express lane to climate disaster." I don’t think people thought it was going to be the next “oil boom” but regardless it would have created a lot of jobs. And it absolutely has a role in political discourse. It was a huge issue that frames the way our country's energy is heading. We have a lot of new energy path’s we can take and the leader’s of this nation have to choose which path is best.

 

But we don’t need to talk about that do we? It doesn’t need to play a big role?

 

I believe more people will be upset over that comment than the actual pipeline. That project was part of our energy future, and that is important and needs to be talked about. If you reject something as big as that pipeline you better have a better direction to take us in.

What do you think? Was this a big loss or a step in the right direction? We want your opinion. Let’s get the conversation started!

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