Predictably, Illinois reaction to the President's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline fell along party lines.
“The Senate spent a great deal of time looking at this project, and by every measure it came up short," U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said in a written statement. "While the project would have been a boon to one well-connected company in Canada, it wouldn’t have moved our country one step closer to energy independence. On top of that, the pipeline posed a threat to the environment, our public lands, and our public health. I’m glad to see this project finally off the table. President Obama and Secretary Kerry made the right move.”
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“The pipeline project is the safest way to bring oil or any product that's a liquid or a gas from one marketplace in one part of the country to another," said U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) in an interview. "Otherwise, that same oil is already coming through this country – via train, via trucks, etc. So, environmentally, I think pipelines are the best approach.”
When reminded President Obama cited the job creation from Keystone XL as only temporary, Davis – a Republican whose district includes much of central and southern Illinois – retorted, “Using the President's logic, I guess we shouldn't build any roads. I guess we shouldn't build any bridges. I guess, frankly, using his logic, we shouldn't have a construction industry at all.”