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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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)