The State Department just rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline after congressional Republicans put it on an irresponsible and arbitrary timeline.
Our opponents are fighting hard against this decision to put our safety and sound science first.
The Obama administration did the right thing by refusing to green-light a project before experts could determine the consequences. After all, there was a lot at stake: the proposed 1,700-mile pipeline would have run over one of the Midwest's largest sources of fresh drinking water.
The appropriate scientific and public-safety review was under way, but Republicans in Congress thought scoring political points was more important.
This decision doesn't change the President's determination to take real steps to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by investing in clean energy and get Americans back to work:
- We're already importing 1.1 million fewer barrels of oil every single day;
- We're getting 70 percent more power from wind and solar; and
- We've supported more than 224,000 clean-energy jobs.
Energy efficiency measures like nearly doubling fuel-economy standards for cars and light trucks for the first time in decades will:
- Reduce our dependence on oil by an estimated 12 billion barrels,
- Save families $1.7 trillion at the pump,
- Make our air cleaner to breathe, and create jobs.
That's the kind of action we need to give our economy a boost and tackle big issues like climate change—but we're not done yet. The chance to accomplish even more in the President's second term is what this campaign is all about, and what's at stake between now and November.
But our opponents are fighting back hard against the State Department's decision. That's why we need to say loudly and clearly that we're standing with President Obama.