President Says No to Keystone
Alaska's senators disagree
President Barack Obama has denied the permit for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline at what he said was the advice of the State Department
He released a statement Wednesday saying, “… As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline's impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment. As a result, the Secretary of State has recommended that the application be denied. And after reviewing the State Department's report, I agree."
Tuesday the president’s own job council said the energy pipeline projects like this one can create hundreds of thousands of American jobs.
Alaska’s two senators had their own two cents to add. Senator Lisa Murkowski took to Facebook today, saying, “Given the economic instability in the world and the growing threats to our nation's energy security, I am disappointed that the President would deny or further delay the Keystone XL pipeline. A pipeline which would deliver vitally needed jobs and provide oil from our most reliable ally and biggest trading partner. This is a step backward for the US economy."
Senator Mark Begich also added, “America needs more affordable energy and the jobs its development would produce, so the Obama administration's decision to deny or delay the Keystone Pipeline project from moving forward is disappointing and frustrating. I'll continue to push the administration to approve this jobs-creating project."
Critics of the pipeline say that the project could harm the environment and pollute water supply along the pipeline’s path, while proponents said that the United States needs a project that would generate jobs for Americans.