In an election-year decision that pits the Democrats’ twin pillars of big labor and environmentalists against each other, the Obama administration Wednesday rejected the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would have provided tens of thousands of jobs from the Canadian border to Texas.
President Obama issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying he agreed with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decision to reject the $7 billion, 1,700-mile project, which would have carried oil from tar sands in Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast. He said the project as proposed “would not serve the national interest.”
The State Department was involved because the project would have crossed an international border.
“This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people,” Mr.