January 18, 2012

Manchin Statement on Administration’s Decision to Halt Keystone XL Pipeline

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement regarding the Administration’s decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline. 

“President Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is a major setback for the American economy, American workers, and America's energy independence.” Senator Manchin said.

“As our country has a continued need for oil, it only makes sense to me that we would buy it from our friends in Canada, rather than continuing to buy it from countries around the world that seek to do us harm. Why make a decision that could push Canada to build a pipeline to the West Coast of North America that would benefit countries such as China, not the United States? I truly believe any issues surrounding the pipeline could have been resolved if we had chosen to work together, but instead, the Administration has taken a different path.

“Looking ahead, I will continue to work with Democrats and Republicans on a plan to achieve energy independence  – one that utilizes all America’s vast natural resources. Until we are energy independent, it only makes common sense to get our resources from our friends and greatest allies, like Canada. I respectfully urge the President to reconsider this decision.”