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“This political decision offers hard evidence that creating jobs is not a high priority for this administration,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue said in a statement. “The president’s decision sends a strong message to the business community and to investors: keep your money on the sidelines, America is not open for business.”
Business Roundtable President John Engler said it was a good sign that the State Department would allow TransCanada to reapply for pipeline permit.
“In fact, I am confident the Keystone pipeline will be approved in the future because it is in the national interest,” he said in a statement. “There will always be people who oppose any permitting of projects like the Keystone pipeline, but our government will have to say yes to these kinds of projects if our nation is going to grow, prosper and compete.”
Environmental groups expressed cautious optimism about the news reports.
“If reports that the Obama administration is rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline are accurate, this will be an iconic victory that demonstrates the growing strength of the climate movement,” said Damon Moglen, climate and energy director for Friends of the Earth. “The Keystone XL fight was David versus Goliath — no one thought we could win. A victory would show that sustained grass-roots pressure aimed at holding the president accountable to the public interest proved more powerful than all the lobbyists the oil industry could muster.”Kate Ackley contributed to this report.