Speaking at an energy jobs summit in Indianapolis Tuesday, Daniels pressed the Obama administration to approve the building of an oil pipeline from Canada.
The summit was sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute, which is lobbying for the Keystone XL Pipeline from Alberta to Texas. Daniels says the pipeline is just an example of ways in which the President’s administration is stalling on creating jobs in the name of environmental concerns. He says the Environmental Protection Agency should be renamed the Employment Prevention Agency.
“The rules, the regulations, the cost and just the delay…the excruciating delays that we have placed in the way of job creation in this country are costing the very people that we worry about: the middle class,” he says.
Though the decision to start building the pipeline now rests solely with the administration, Daniels says he doesn’t want to hold back from his open criticism of its policies.
“Well, sitting quietly and politely hasn’t done any good in a long, long time and so, speaking up on behalf of people who are out of work in this state and elsewhere I don’t consider particularly harsh,” says Daniels. ” I’m just trying to point out the very clear consequences.”
Supporters of the pipeline say it will help America become more energy self-sufficient and create thousands of new jobs. Opponents worry about the environmental effects of both the pipeline itself and the oil source, the refining process for which is considered to be more harmful to the environment.