SOTU FACT: President Obama Is Blocking the Keystone Pipeline, Ceding Secure North American Energy to China
CLAIM: President Obama says he supports American energy security.
- “After years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future.” (President Obama, State of the Union Address, February 12, 2013)
FACT: President Obama’s refusal to approve the Keystone pipeline has threatened the creation of thousands of American jobs and perpetuated America’s dependence on unstable foreign energy.
- President Obama rejected and personally lobbied against the Keystone pipeline, and after more than four years of consideration says a final decision will “languish until mid-June,” Reuters recently reported.
- The Keystone pipeline would support the creation of at least 20,000 “new, real U.S. jobs,” with the potential to create 100,000 more indirect jobs.
- The Keystone pipeline would pump nearly a million barrels of oil to the United States, making America less dependent on energy from hostile nations.
- While American families and small businesses continue struggling with high gas prices and fewer jobs, the Obama administration’s Keystone pipeline delay has forced Canada to consider shipping Keystone pipeline jobs and energy to China.
- A Gallup survey last year found more than two-thirds of the American people approve of building the Keystone XL pipeline [SEE INFOGRAPHIC], and a bipartisan coalition of House and Senate lawmakers are calling on the president to approve it.
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BOEHNER QUOTE: “Nebraska’s approval of a new Keystone XL pipeline route means there is no bureaucratic excuse, hurdle, or catch President Obama can use to delay this project any further. He and he alone stands in the way of tens of thousands of new jobs and energy security. Every state along the proposed route supports this project, as does a bipartisan coalition in Congress and a majority of Americans. I recognize all the political pressure the president faces, but with our energy security at stake and many jobs in limbo, he should find a way to say yes.” (After Nebraska Approval, President Should Say Yes to Keystone, 1/22/12)