Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on President Obama’s Keystone XL Pipeline Announcement

Nov 6, 2015
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after President Barack Obama’s Keystone XL Pipeline announcement: 

“After extensive review, encompassing the terms of two separate Secretaries of State, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and covering the course of over a seven-year timespan, President Obama has made the decision to reject the application for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The energy picture both domestically and globally looks very different now than when this application was first submitted. Through the development of new technologies in fossil fuel production and technological advancements and investments in renewable energy sources, the United States has become even closer to realizing our goal of total energy independence. 

“I respect the thorough review process that the Obama Administration has undertaken before coming to today’s decision. As always, as the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, I will continue to advocate for an all-of-the-above energy policy that keeps the lights on for American families, while also protecting the environment and providing employment, careers, and economic opportunities for all segments of the population.”