U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the following remarks on the 2nd anniversary of President Obama’s speech on March 22, 2012, in Cushing, Okla., regarding his support of the southern leg of the Keystone XL:


“It was two years ago today that President Obama made a bold decision to visit Oklahoma where he promised that his administration would ‘cut through the red tape’ to advance domestic oil production. Two years later, Oklahomans can attest that our nation’s energy growth has been in spite of President Obama, not because of him. The southern leg of the Keystone pipeline may be built, but it didn’t require the approval of the President. The pipeline that begins in Cushing, Okla., is the result of thousands of hardworking Americans and roughly 50 innovative U.S. manufacturers and companies. Red tape still exists because the President continues to stall approval on Keystone's final leg, despite even his own Administration saying that the pipeline will have little impact on climate change. President Obama said during his 2012 visit that he did not want ‘energy jobs of tomorrow going to other countries,’ but to match his rhetoric with action will require the President to flip the switch on this stalled energy initiative. For the sake of our national security and future economic prosperity, it’s time the President follows through on those promises he made in Oklahoma two years ago today.”