Capitol & State

Crapo raps rejection of Keystone XL pipeline

Sen. Mike Crapo Friday called President Obama’s rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline “unacceptable,” saying the “common sense project” would have provided much-needed energy and jobs.

“We need a strong, balanced energy portfolio that keeps energy costs from rising for those who can least afford it,” Crapo said in a statement. “Given the potential benefits of this proposal, the President and his Administration today chose to abandon the American people by not seizing an opportunity to further bolster the nation’s economic recovery.”

In rejecting the pipeline Friday, Obama said the project had occupied “an overinflated role in our political discourse” that would “neither be a silver bullet for the economy, as was promised by some, nor the express lane to climate disaster proclaimed by others.” He said approving the project would have undercut what he called America’s “global leadership” on fighting climate change.