The Leader Board
Jan 19 2012
Editorial Pages, Democrats And Unions Are Calling Obama's Keystone Move 'A Major Setback For The American Economy,' Say It 'Will Cost The U.S. Good Jobs'
EDITORIALS: 'Obama Made A Decision That Will Cost The U.S. Good Jobs'
THE WASHINGTON POST: "Mr. Obama's Jobs Council could start by calling out… the Obama administration" (Editorial, "Obama's Keystone Pipeline Rejection Is Hard To Accept," The Washington Post, 1/19/12)
- "…on the substance, there should be no question... clearly, constructing the pipeline would still result in job gains during a sluggish economic recovery." (Editorial, "Obama's Keystone Pipeline Rejection Is Hard To Accept," The Washington Post, 1/19/12)
- "Environmentalists should fight for policies that might actually do substantial good instead of tilting against Keystone XL, and President Obama should have the courage to say so." (Editorial, "Obama's Keystone Pipeline Rejection Is Hard To Accept," The Washington Post, 1/19/12)
USA TODAY: "The Obama administration's kick-the-can decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline… leaves a confusing muddle that exemplifies the continuing fecklessness of U.S. energy policy." (Editorial, "Editorial: Obama's Pipeline Decision Delays Energy Security," USA Today, 1/19/12)
- "The biggest loser in this game of political football is the national interest." (Editorial, "Editorial: Obama's Pipeline Decision Delays Energy Security," USA Today, 1/19/12)
THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE: "The problem is, Keystone should be approved. This is a good project. It will give us energy and give us jobs. You want stimulus? This is a $7 billion deal to be done with private-sector funding." (Editorial, "Pipeline Politics: Misguided Obama Blocks Keystone Pipeline," The Chicago Tribune, 1/19/12)
- "Obama made a decision that will cost the U.S. good jobs. He seems to think those jobs will still be there when he gets around to making a decision on the pipeline. But they may well be gone for good." (Editorial, "Pipeline Politics: Misguided Obama Blocks Keystone Pipeline," The Chicago Tribune, 1/19/12)
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: "Such green delusions are sad, and Mr. Obama's pandering is sadder, though everything the country stands to lose is saddest." (Editorial, "The Anti-Jobs President," The Wall Street Journal, 1/19/12)
DEMS: 'Very Disappointed,' 'Strongly Disagree'
SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): "President Obama's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is a major setback for the American economy, American workers and America's energy independence." (Sen. Manchin, Statement on Administration's Decision to Halt Keystone XL Pipeline, 1/18/12)
- "I truly believe any issues surrounding the pipeline could have been resolved if we had chosen to work together, but instead, the Administration has taken a different path… I respectfully urge the President to reconsider this decision." (Sen. Manchin, Statement On Administration's Decision To Halt Keystone XL Pipeline, 1/18/12)
SEN. JON TESTER (D-MT): "I am disappointed in the president's decision. ... I will continue to champion Montana's role in securing America's energy future…" ("Keystone Decision Hands GOP Ammo," Roll Call, 1/19/12)
SEN. MARK BEGICH (D-AK): "disappointing and frustrating" "Begich - Democrat from Alaska - calls Obama's rejection of Keystone 'disappointing and frustrating'" (Sen. Begich Statement, Manu Raju Twitter, 1/18/12)
SEN. MARK PRYOR (D-AR): "I strongly disagree with President Obama's decision to postpone the Keystone pipeline project, which will sustain and create jobs." (Sen. Pryor Statement, Twitter, 1/18/12)
SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): "There is absolutely no reason we cannot start putting Montanans to work on the Keystone XL pipeline right away…" ("Keystone Decision Hands GOP Ammo," Roll Call, 1/19/12)
- "An aide to powerful Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana said the senator would continue fighting 'to get this project off the ground.'" ("Moderate Dems Question Keystone Decision," Politico, 1/18/12)
REP. GENE GREEN (D-TX): "I am very disappointed in the President's decision today." (Rep. Gene Green, Press Release, 1/18/12)
REP. JASON ALTMIRE (D-PA): "… a missed opportunity to drastically turn this economy around." (Rep. Altmire, Press Release, 1/18/12)
UNIONS: 'Completely And Totally Disappointed'
LABORERS' INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA: "Politics at its worst." (Laborers' International Union Of North America, Press Release, 1/18/12)
- "The score is Job-Killers, two; American workers, zero. We are completely and totally disappointed… Blue collar construction workers across the U.S. will not forget this." (Laborers' International Union Of North America, Press Release, 1/18/12)
MARK AYERS, AFL-CIO: "… disappointed by an Administration unwilling to take its own words to heart and approve this vital project." (Mark Ayers, Press Release, 1/18/12)
- "With a national unemployment rate in construction at 16% nationally, it is beyond disappointing that President Obama placed a higher priority on politics rather than our nation's number one challenge: jobs." (Mark Ayers, Press Release, 1/18/12)
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