Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding President Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have provided Americans with thousands of jobs, pathway to energy independence and billions of dollars in economic growth:
"Once again, President Obama has shown the American people that he is not serious about stimulating the very economy his policies have drained. With the smallest participation in the American workforce in many decades and more Americans on food stamps than anyone ever dreamed possible, his decision today rejecting the pipeline denies the chance for job creation and the assurance of at least some economic growth."
"Ironically, the President has stymied, delayed and harassed efforts of the pipeline proponents to bring jobs and more energy into the market place for so long that the proponents had actually indicated they would not pursue the pipeline until after President Obama left office. This administration would rather pursue its efforts to cause energy prices to "skyrocket,' as the President once indicated about coal fired energy, rather than helping our nation achieve true energy independence."
"This country does not run on moonbeams and windmills. The green initiatives President Obama has unveiled are simply fanciful notions that are digging a deeper hole for our nation. It's tragic that he continues to place his own political agenda over the interests and needs of the American people. He brags about how well the economy is doing, while fewer Americans are earning a living, and the smaller number who are actually working are making less and less."