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18 Wednesday November 11 2015 ENVIRONMENT KEYSTONE XL Continued from page 1. Despite claims the pipeline wouldhavecreatedthousands of jobs in both countries ObamareasonedKeystoneXL would have failed to make a meaningful long-term con- tribution to our economy. He said the project has occupied an overinflated role in U.S. political discourse for years a campaign cudgel more thanaseriouspolicymatter. So if Congress is serious about wanting to create jobs thiswasnotthewaytodoithe said.Iftheywanttodoitwhat weshouldbedoingispassinga bipartisaninfrastructureplan that in the short term could create more than 30 times as manyjobsperyearasthepipe- line would. Pipelines projected impact a pipe dream president Obama said the project would have undercut Amer- icas role as a global climate change leader. Republicanopponentswith the 2016 presidential election in their crosshairs including the partys nomination front- runnerDonaldTrumproundly criticized Obamas decision. Thousands of jobs good fortheenvironmentnodown- side the former host of The Apprentice tweeted. Environmental groups ap- plaudedthedecisionincluding Greenpeace which tweeted it wasahugewinfortheclimate. This is a very good day everyone tweeted Naomi Klein who was arrested at protests in Washington in 2011. A defeat for the Koch Bros a win for peoples movements. AthabascaChipewyanFirst NationissuedastatementMon- day thanking Obama for his leadership. President Obamas rejec- tionoftheKXLpipelinesends aclearmessagetoCanadaand the rest of the world Chief Allan Adam said. Now is the time to act and not just to talk about climate change. He said the ACFN is not against development or economic growth but that it must not come at the ex- pense of the environment. Now more than ever the PM must follow President Obamas leadership and im- plement aggressive action to address Indigenous peoples rights shift our economies and curb our dependency on fossil fuels here in Canada. Tories TransCanada cling to Keystone Interim federal Conserva- tive leader Rona Ambrose herself only a day into her new role said in a statement Friday she had already urged theprimeministertocontinue to advocate for market access for the energy sector includ- ing the Keystone XL project. The rejection of Keystone will not stop Canadian oil ex- ports to the United States she said. It simply means we will continue to rely on transportation alternatives likeshippingandrailbutthe Official Opposition urges the newgovernmenttoopentalks with the U.S. government as soon as possible. The prime minister must continue to voice Canadas position that this pipeline can create jobs on both sides of the border andstrengthenoureconomies while being environmentally sustainable. TransCanada president and CEO Russ Girling said in a statement the company re- mains committed to the proj- ectwillreviewObamasdeci- sionanditsrationaleandthat submitting a new application for a presidential permit is an option. Todaymisplaced symbol- ism was chosen over merit and science rhetoric won outoverreasonhesaid.Itis disappointingtheadministra- tion appears to have said yes to more oil imports from Iran and Venezuela over oil from Canada the United States strongest ally and trading partner a country with rule of law and values consistent with the U.S. Girling said the State De- partmentsowndatasuggests transportingtheoiltotheGulf Coast by rail would generate 42 per cent more greenhouse gases than utilizing the Key- stone XL pipeline. Keystone XL would help replacethehigher-risktrucks trains barges and tank- ers currently carrying oil to market and would provide the U.S. with energy supply security by connecting U.S. and Canadian producers to American refineries with a pipeline running four feet under the ground he said. KeystoneXLwouldput2200 skilled Canadians to work al- most overnight with thou- sands more workers benefit- ing along the full value chain. We believe KXL is in the best interest of the United States and Canada. Opponents of the oil sands gathered in Washington in 2011 to rally against Keystone XL. PhotoChristineIrvine