DeMint: Obama’s Pipeline Decision Contradicts His SOTU Speech on Jobs, Energy

By Fred Lucas | January 25, 2012 | 9:03 PM EST

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) (AP Photo)

( – President Barack Obama talked in the State of the Union address on Tuesday about bringing more manufacturing jobs to the United States, and decreasing foreign energy dependence. The irony is that it came a week after Obama rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would have created at minimum 20,000 jobs, said Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C) .

“Well, it’s like we’re living in two different worlds,” DeMint told on Capitol Hill after Obama’s speech. “One week he kills a major source of energy that could make us more energy secure and insulate us from the instability in the Middle East. Now he’s talking about making us energy secure.”

Obama talked about new jobs and energy independence in his State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress.

“Think about the America within our reach,” Obama said in the speech. “A country that leads the world in educating its people. An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs. A future where we’re in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren’t so tied to unstable parts of the world.”

He added, “This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy. A strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs.”

President Barack Obama (AP Photo)

Nevertheless, it has been widely reported that the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta, through Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast, would create at least 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs and up to 110,000 more jobs related to the project up and down its path from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Gas prices have increased by 83 percent since Obama took office in 2009.

Obama also said during his Tuesday address, “It is time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America. Send me these tax reforms, and I will sign them right away.”

Map shows existing and proposed extension of Keystone XL pipeline

DeMint said Obama is ignoring why some manufacturers are leaving the state.

“It’s the same with manufacturing jobs,” DeMint said. “It’s like he doesn’t think we talk with manufacturers. You talk to them, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, all the regulations are making it almost impossible to do business in our country, and yet, he acted like he had made manufacturing better. It’s irresponsible. I think it verges on being delusional. It’s certainly very difficult to listen to if you know the facts.”