Rick Perry rips Keystone rejection

Bryn Weese, Senior Washington Correspondent

, Last Updated: 6:08 PM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In exclusive interviews with Sun News Network, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann railed against U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

Byline's Brian Lilley caught up with Perry and Bachmann Thursday at the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Perry, who ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination last month, told Lilley that killing Keystone meant killing American jobs, too, and it's better for everyone if Americans buy Canada's oil.

"All through the presidential campaign we brought up that the Canadians, although they are our friends and our allies, they're going to sell this oil to someone. Yesterday we saw the first step in them selling that oil to the Chinese," he said. "That's American jobs being lost. That's American security being put into jeopardy.

"The union members that are supportive of this president ought to be up in arms that he's killing jobs in America by not allowing this Keystone pipeline to go through."

Bachmann warned that without Keystone or developing American sources of energy, the U.S. is dependent on less stable states for it.

She told Lilley rejecting Keystone was a "terrible decision."

"Canada would be bringing in through the Keystone pipeline about 700,000 barrels through the pipeline versus around 800,000 barrels through Venezuela," she said. "Why in the world would the United States want to be dependent on a nation state that is looking toward the destruction of the United States. Chavez is complicit with Iran.

"I fully believe that God has given our nation tremendous resources. Use them."

Earlier this month, Obama rejected the TransCanada application to build the $7 billion Keystone XL Pipeline, arguing the 60-day deadline imposed by congressional Republicans did not allow enough time to review the application.

Supporters of the project, which would ship an estimated 700,000 barrels of crude a day from Alberta's oilsands to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico, say its construction would create 20,000 jobs in the U.S.

Critics don't want the pipeline built because they say oil from Alberta is dirty, and worry a spill along way would wreak environmental havoc.

The project has been in review for three years, and a decision on the pipeline was expected at the end of 2011, but Obama effectively punted the issue off until after November's presidential election by requiring further reviews.

bryn.weese@sunmedia.ca


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