Gov. Rick Perry - Obama's Political Pandering Comes Before Jobs, Energy Security

Rejection of Keystone pipeline short-sighted

Texas Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement in response to President Obama's decision to reject the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline:

"President Obama has decided to pander to his left-wing base and environmental radicals at the expense of American jobs and our national energy security. He chose Chinese energy security over American energy security. As Iran threatens to choke off the world's energy supply, the decision to turn down a viable energy source from Canada is simply short-sighted.

"This decision not only goes against common sense, but against the recommendation made yesterday by his own Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which recommended permitting of new pipelines.

"With record fuel prices and staggering job losses under Obama, you would think he would put aside political posturing and give the American economy a much-needed shot in the arm. President Obama should have chosen jobs and energy security over political appeasement. He is wrong."