Jun 25 2013

Graham Opposes Obama Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline

"Mr. President, what are you thinking?"

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on President Obama's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.

"Mr. President, what are you thinking?

"Even if we don't build Keystone XL the Canadians have made it clear they will sell oil from the oil sands. Some of the highest greenhouse gas emitting countries in the world, like China, are already lining up to purchase this oil if we don't.

"If the Obama Administration rejects Keystone XL it will be one of the most short-sighted decisions in memory. The choice is simple - build the pipeline, create jobs in the United States, and lessen our dependence on oil from the Middle East. I would much rather buy oil from our Canadian allies and friends than rely on oil imports from Russia, Venezuela, or Middle Eastern regimes who hate our guts.

"I was one of the first members of the United States Senate to visit the Canadian oil sands to see first-hand how this resource could benefit our country. I know from my own experience, and in spite of all the heated rhetoric, issues like Keystone XL really don't get much simpler to resolve. We need oil and Canada has the means to deliver it to us. There's nothing more common-sense than expanding our long-standing, mutually beneficial relationship with Canada."