Republicans Drill Obama For Rejecting Pipeline: 'Selfish,' 'Reckless,' 'Revealing'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | January 18, 2012 | 5:00 PM EST

Republicans are rushing to issue statements condemning Pres. Obama’s decision to reject a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

Here are some highlights of what they’re saying (I'll add more as they come in, so stay tuned):

'Cost America 100,000 jobs And 700,000 Barrels Of Oil Per Day' - Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02)

"Our energy dependence on unpredictable countries is a critical national security threat to this nation. Moreover, if the United States did not find it necessary to buy very significant amounts of oil from Middle Eastern countries, terrorists would not have enough money in their coffers to buy a box of sparklers with which to try to harm America.

"In the last two years, the Obama Administration has inexplicably suffocated every opportunity for domestic energy growth by restricting and prohibiting the safe exploration and extraction of our native energy sources. By denying the implementation of the Keystone XL Pipeline, Mr. Obama has cost America 100,000 jobs and 700,000 barrels of oil per day. Far more significantly, he has demonstrated that he is now willing to sell out American national security to placate a handful of misguided environmentalists."

'Stunning,' 'Shows A Fundamental Disconnect' - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY):

“Since when is the creation of thousands of jobs not in the national interest as the President now claims? His decision to block the development of the Keystone XL pipeline, thousands of jobs, and increased energy security is stunning.  His decision shows a fundamental disconnect with job creation in this country, and sadly, that his focus is on appealing to his liberal environmental base rather than taking steps that can lead to thousands of jobs and energy security for our nation.”

‘Selfish and Reckless Decision’- Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10):

“I am astonished by the Administration’s selfish and reckless decision to block the Keystone pipeline construction, which will prevent tens of thousands of new American jobs from being created.” “It is obvious that the President is trying to appeal to radical environmental groups in an effort to get reelected, rather than focusing on what is best for America.

‘President's Decision Was Reckless - With Little Regard to the Threat America Faces’ - Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.):

“Today President Obama sided with his radical environmental friends and their job-killing global warming agenda instead of a majority of the American people who would have welcomed the tens of thousands of jobs the Keystone pipeline would have created.”

“[T]he President's decision was reckless - with little regard to the threat America faces from its dependence on Middle East oil.

‘Should Have Been A No Brainer’ - Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wy:

“I don’t know how the president determined that creating jobs and moving toward energy independence are not in our national interest. In Wyoming, the energy industry has created high-paying jobs that thousands of people rely on. Putting more than 20,000 people to work across the country is a good thing.

Canada is ready to help us lessen our reliance on places like the Middle East and Venezuela for our energy needs. Flipping the XL switch to ‘on’ should have been a no brainer.”

Decision ‘As Shocking As It Is Revealing’ - GOP Presidential Hopeful Mitt Romney:

"President Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline is as shocking as it is revealing. It shows a President who once again has put politics ahead of sound policy.”

“He seems to have confused the national interest with his own interest in pleasing the environmentalists in his political base.”

‘President Has Turned A Deaf Ear’ To Americans’ Needs - Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), author of legislation to expedite approval of the pipeline:

We simply don’t have a decision-maker in the White House these days. Americans want jobs, and Americans want fuel. The president has turned a deaf ear to these needs, choosing to appease only a segment of his base. The White House, blinded by politics and public perception, has turned Keystone from a commonsense issue into a political issue.”

Obama ‘Choosing Politics’ Over Jobs - Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI):

“This pipeline has been carefully vetted, environmentally scrutinized, and publicly discussed for more than three years. We can't wait any longer – and the American people should not have to keep waiting for jobs and energy security."

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