President Obama has announced that his administration will deny an application for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run across the American plains from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. In a statement, the President made it clear that the decision was made to protect the health and safety of the American people—and protect our environment—in the face of a "rushed and arbitrary" deadline put forth by congressional Republicans.
The President wrote:
"I’m disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision, but it does not change my Administration’s commitment to American-made energy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil. Under my Administration, domestic oil and natural gas production is up, while imports of foreign oil are down. In the months ahead, we will continue to look for new ways to partner with the oil and gas industry to increase our energy security—including the potential development of an oil pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma, to the Gulf of Mexico—even as we set higher efficiency standards for cars and trucks and invest in alternatives like biofuels and natural gas. And we will do so in a way that benefits American workers and businesses without risking the health and safety of the American people and the environment."
Read the full statement here.