Sen. Green: President’s Keystone Pipeline decision says no to Michigan jobs

LANSING—State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, is disappointed with the Obama administration’s recent decision not to support the Keystone Pipeline.

Green co-sponsored a resolution last year urging approval of the project.

“The Obama administration’s recent rejection of the Keystone Pipeline decision is a smack in the face of Michigan workers and job creators,” said Green.

The TransCanada Keystone Coast Expansion pipeline project has been awaiting a presidential permit since 2008.   The pipeline would result in more importation of oil derived from Canadian oil sands.

“As we continue to face high gas prices and challenging economic times, President Obama has said no to energy independence, thousands of new jobs for Michigan and millions of dollars in investment in infrastructure. Building the keystone pipeline would strengthen U.S. ties with a strategic partner in Canada, reduce dependence on unstable governments, and improve our national security.  But the most significant benefit would be for Michigan workers, union and non-union alike.”

“President Obama campaigned on energy independence and creating jobs.  He had an opportunity to do both and in my opinion broke his promise to the American people.”