CEA ‘Extremely Disappointed’ With Keystone XL Decision
Pipeline could create thousands of immediate jobs

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Obama Administration will announce that it is not going to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that has the potential to create 20,000 immediate jobs and deliver 700,000 barrels of oil per day to U.S. markets. The pipeline has been under consideration by the State Department since 2008.

In response, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) Executive Vice President Michael Whatley issued the following statement:

“CEA is extremely disappointed with the Administration’s announcement. It is mystifying that they would make this announcement less than 24 hours after the President’s own Council on Jobs and Competitiveness specifically called for growth in the energy sector to increase job creation. With gasoline prices at record annual highs and Iran threatening the Straits of Hormuz, there is simply no excuse for the Administration not to move forward with this project now.”

Last fall, CEA delivered more than 450,000 public comments from across the country supporting construction of Keystone XL.