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Florida reaction to Obama killing the Keystone XL pipeline



Florida reaction to President Obama rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline:

Marco Rubio: "President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline is a huge mistake, and is the latest reminder that this administration continues to prioritize the demands of radical environmentalists over America's energy security. When I'm president, Keystone will be approved, and President Obama's backward energy policies will come to an end."

Jeb Bush (on Fox): "It's not going to change anything about the environment. I guess the president believes that the Canadians are going to shut down their 50, 60, $70 billion sump costs development in the tar sands of Alberta. They're not going to export them to Canada. The irony --  mean to China or to Europe. The irony is the carbon footprint will be bigger with the alternative than what it would have been to integrate this into the Gulf coast. This will raise prices for America, not lower prices, and it will have a bigger environmental impact, a negative impact, and this is just because this president and many of the people including Hillary Clinton who supported this before or gave a signal that she did, have been co-opted by the radical environmental left, and lost jobs, lost income, disrespecting our largest trading partner, all of this does not do the country good."

Rep. Alan Grayson: "I wholeheartedly support President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The President has correctly put the wellbeing of our environment ahead of oil company profits. I agree with the President, and the State Department, that this pipeline “would not serve the national interests of the United States.” As he pointed out, the pipeline would not offer a long-term benefit to our economy, nor would it lower gas prices. It would have, however, been a gift to foreign oil companies at the expense of the environment. Transporting the dirtiest type of oil through our country, only to benefit foreign oil companies, was always a terrible idea. Worse, Keystone would have been a threat to an aquifer that provides 30% of the nation’s irrigation water. I’m glad that the Administration has decided to end this ill-advised and dangerous project."

[Last modified: Friday, November 6, 2015 4:35pm]


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