POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local congressmen sound off on Keystone

Last week's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from the Obama administration brought strong words from Gwinnett politicians on both sides of the aisle.

"Republicans in Congress have no one to blame but themselves for the denial of the Keystone Pipeline application because of the arbitrary and artificial deadlines they imposed on the process," said U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat whose district includes part of Gwinnett. "The Keystone Pipeline was never about jobs and energy independence -- it was about taking the dirtiest oil on earth through a pipeline to the Gulf Coast and shipping that oil abroad. I'm glad President Obama stood up for the American people, the environment, clean air and for the health and well-being of the people and wildlife living near the pipeline."

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, on the other hand, said the decision cost the country jobs.

"Republicans have passed bill after bill to achieve energy independence and create American jobs, but so far, Senate Democrats have refused to act and this president has done nothing to help," the Lawrenceville congressman said. "The millions of American citizens he has hurt with this decision will make a decision of their own next November. The president has clearly forgotten whom he serves as he does the bidding of radical environmental lobbyists rather than serving Americans seeking jobs and lower energy costs. ... (The) decision suggests to me that the president is putting politics above policy, and that sadly this is a pattern that he seems likely to continue for the whole of 2012. When he chooses politics over people, America loses."

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson wrote Obama a letter, along with fellow senators, to try to convince President Obama to change his mind.

"Since there is no apparent environmental or security reason to halt approval of this permit, I would hope that the politics of the 2012 election played no role in your decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline permit," the letter said. "Now more than ever is the time we should be developing and exploring all of America's energy resources, ensuring America's energy security, creating jobs for the American people, and stimulating the American economy."

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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kevin 3 years, 8 months ago

This IS about jobs, Hank J. Did you get your education through Walmart? How is the pipeline going to be built? With computers only? Obama killed it until after the elections for no reason other than to show his backers he is on their side, except for the labor unions. They are for the pipeline. Why do we not build it? So they can ship it to China for them to process the oil and make billions? Give me a break. I thought Obama was throwing money at shovel-ready projects? I guess he lied about that too. Every Democrat needs to be thrown out in Nov and get this country back in the hands of the people again instead of big money supporters. The Democrats are just as rich, if not more, than the rest of us. Take a look at those in Congress now and those that were there before 2011, including those deceased.


HonestIngine 3 years, 8 months ago

Hank Johnson has no clue, it's time for him to move on. Obama stood up for the American people. What kind of comment is that... While the American people are choking to death on a $3.50/ gallon of gas. Johnson needs to be back in civilian life and get out of government service. He is wasting time and our tax dollars with his idiotic comments. We need someone who represents the people. HANK JOHNSON NEEDS TO BE RUN OUT OF OFFICE. He doesn't represent us. What a fool. ...


JohnGalt 3 years, 8 months ago

I believe that if you allow Guam to tip over and capsize, you might find the answer to our energy crisis. After all, there could be some valuable "black gold, texas tea" under there, and the next thing you know "old Johnson's a millionaire". LOL, pretty much anything that starts off with "Hank Johnson says..." is bound to be based on solid concrete ignorance. And they still voted this fool into office. And HonestIngine, if you think $3.50 is a problem, just wait until mid summer when you get $4.50/gallon. It's coming. Oh, and BTW, which one of you will be the first to step forward and declare my "black gold" comment to be racist solely on the basis of your complete misunderstanding where the phrase comes from?


Mack711 3 years, 8 months ago

We need to be oil independant. By vetoing this bill we have become more dependant to Obama's muslim brothers. This is a veto for OPEC. We can refine 'dirty' oil and become independant of OPEC and $4 a gallon gas. Hank should be voted out come November for a statement like this.


BuzzG 3 years, 8 months ago

There is a hell of a lot more at stake here than temporary jobs. It is about energy security. This pipeline will bring down crude oil from our friendly neighbor to the north (Canada) to replace oil we now get from unfriendly places like Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. The Democrats have blocked the pipeline. But they know how unpopular it is and so they will attempt to blame it on the Republicans. Nonsense. Sadly, too many Americans are not paying attention and have no idea what is going on. The quicker we can get Democrats out of power in Washington, the better of we will all be.


Kent 3 years, 8 months ago

Hank is just as intelligent as his constituents who are holding their hand out to get money from those who actually work for it. He is a servant to Obama's wishes, just like the leeches who continually put him back in office.


TOWG 3 years, 8 months ago

Hank Johnson is an embarrassment. He's no better than his predecessor, Cynthia "Cutest Little Commie in Congress" McKinney.


kmn 3 years, 8 months ago

How do we know Canada will sell the oil to us.


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