“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.”
Environmental groups held back on declaring victory until an official statement is made, but some 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.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.