Tea Party Express Condemns Decision to Kill Keystone XL Pipeline

Job Growth Should be Obama’s #1 Priority

Sacramento, CA – Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest tea party political action committee, is condemning the Obama Administration’s decision to kill the Keystone XL pipeline and instead pander to the extremist environmentalists in his political base.

Amy Kremer, Chairman of the Tea Party Express, said today, “President Obama continuously pays lip service to America’s dire need for job creation, but repeatedly rejects policies that would actually create jobs. He had no problem giving $535 billion to Solyndra, which then went bankrupt and 1,100 people subsequently lost their jobs. He also had no problem giving $529 million to Fisker Automotive, which in turn, went and manufactured cars in Finland. Now, when he has an opportunity to create tens of thousands of jobs immediately and he says no? This is absolutely unacceptable.

“The Keystone XL oil pipeline would not only directly create over 20,000 shovel-ready jobs, but it also has the potential to create up to 179,000 jobs by 2035. Moreover, making America dependent on oil from Middle Eastern countries and ensuring that our gas prices remain unbearably high. In attempt to deflect critics, President Obama told the company to reapply, but really he is just sacrificing jobs for political purposes. By killing this project, the President is proving his opponents within the Tea Party movement correct – he is more worried about his re-election prospects in November than actually addressing the challenges that face our nation.

“Americans have been asking for leadership, but the Obama Administration has continuously let his campaign and the fringe of his base govern our nation. In 2010 we saw Americans across the nation say that they are tired of politics as usual, but President Obama is obviously detached from this reality. He is making America worse, not better.

“The Tea Party Express is thankful, though, to have a strong field of conservative Tea Party leaders competing for the Republican nomination, which will give Americans the ability to choose a new direction for this country that focuses on job-creating policies and reigning in our nations debt,” Kremer concluded.