Friday morning, after years of heated battles between environmentalists and Republicans, President Barack Obama announced that he is rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline.
In a speech, the president criticized both supporters and detractors of the pipeline from placing too much emphasis on a project that, according to the State Department’s analysis, would neither create many jobs nor ruin the climate if approved. Still, reactions to his decision from Republicans in Congress and the 2016 presidential primary were swift and terrible.
My statement following President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline: pic.twitter.com/dYDGGq527J
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) November 6, 2015
When I’m president, Keystone will be approved, and President Obama’s backwards energy policies will come to an end.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 6, 2015
Keystone XL pipeline should be approved! @POTUS is once again stopping progress and blocking job creation.
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 6, 2015
The Obama Admin’s politically motivated rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline is a self-inflicted attack on the U.S. economy and jobs.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 6, 2015
As President I’d authorize #KeystoneXL, and we’d get Americans to work!
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 6, 2015
— Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) November 6, 2015
Obama’s rejection of #KeystoneXL will flush American jobs down the drain… all to appease the agenda of science denying radicals.
— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) November 6, 2015
On the other side of the aisle, Democratic candidates were quick to praise the decision:
As a leader in the opposition to Keystone XL from Day 1, I strongly applaud the president’s decision to kill this project once and for all.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 6, 2015
— Martin O’Malley (@MartinOMalley) November 6, 2015
Notably absent, so far, is a reaction from Hillary Clinton. She only recently took a public position against the pipeline, after years of dodging the question.
UPDATE 3:30pm ET: A couple latecomers:
The right call. Now it’s time to make America a clean energy superpower. -H https://t.co/d6kSvldOLI
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 6, 2015
So sad that Obama rejected Keystone Pipeline. Thousands of jobs, good for the environment, no downside!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2015