Governor Fallin Pleased With President's Visit, Not With His Energy Policy
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin says while she's pleased President Barack Obama is coming to the Sooner State, she's still frustrated with the president's decision not to allow the complete construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
President Obama is scheduled to arrive in Oklahoma City Wednesday night, and then deliver a speech near Cushing to an invitation-only crowd Thursday morning.
While the Obama Administration rejected the construction of a pipeline that would have carried crude from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast, the president says he supports building a pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf. The project will create more than 1,000 jobs in Oklahoma, but Governor Fallin says that's just not enough.
"I am glad the president supports the construction of the pipeline connecting Cushing to the Gulf. Impeding the progress of something which is so obviously beneficial to both the economy and the energy security of the United States would have been nothing short of irresponsible," Governor Fallin said.
"Unfortunately, President Obama and his administration are practicing exactly this kind of obstructionism on the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. As a result, the United States must go without the hundreds of thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of investment that would have otherwise been available to stimulate our economy. Just as importantly, the administration's decision undermines U.S. energy security and alienates our closest trading partner, Canada."
The governor went on to say she hopes the president will truly listen to citizens in Cushing, especially those who work in the energy industry. She says right now, the Obama Administration is aggressively anti-energy, and that's hampering the economy and putting the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage.
"In Oklahoma, we recognize that the energy industry is an important ally in job creation and economic development. We believe that American energy is a resource, not a hazardous waste. My great hope is that some of that attitude will rub off on our president, who has lost his way on energy policy and so many other issues."