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President Obama today called the bluff of Congressional Republicans and rejected the Keystone X-L Pipeline Project.
GOP lawmakers have given the president two months to make up his mind on a project that has been in the works for years.
But, the president said no,because there's not enough time to determine the pipeline's environmental impact.
President Obama today rejected the hotly debated, environmentally controversial Keystone X-L Pipeline Project, saying: "... The rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline's impact."
"Sixty days is simply not enough time," added White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney. "We don't even have alternate route identified, so how could
anyone possibly review it?"
The decision uncorked a gusher of criticism on Capitol Hill. House speaker Rep. John Boehner, (R) said, "President Obama is destroying tens of thousands of American jobs and shipping American energy security to the Chinese."
Democrats also weighed in on today's decision. Representative Jason Altmire, (D) Pennsylvania said, "The pipeline is going to be built. The question is whether it lands on the Gulf Coast of the United States or the West Coast of Canada."
In passing the payroll tax extension back in December, GOP lawmakers gave the president sixty days to say yes or no to the pipeline from Canada to the Gulf, and he could only say no if the project was not in the national interest.The state department and the president said there just wasn't enough time to say for sure.It's a victory for environmentalists.
"Millions of people around the country have drawn a line in the sand on this issue
and said we don't want this pipeline," according to Environmentalist Damon Moglen with Friends of the Earth.
Labor and business groups are decrying the decision. "It's blatantly a political decision by the administration to try to avoid making a tough choice until after the election," said Matthew Koch with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The Prime Minister of Canada says he will instead send their oil to China, especially, because the state department says the pipeline company can't amend its application to take care of environmental concerns.