President Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

I meant to get this up yesterday afternoon -- but got sidetracked.

The President has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline and is placing the blame squarely with Republicans in Congress:
The White House issued a statement shortly after 3:10 p.m. saying Obama agreed with the State Department’s recommendation to deny TransCanada a permit for the 1,700-mile pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canadian tar sands to refineries in Texas.

"This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people,” Obama said in a statement. “I’m disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision, but it does not change my administration’s commitment to American-made energy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil."