November 6, 2015 | Press Release


Blue Earth, MN – Republican First District congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline:

President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL oil pipeline continues a pattern of anti-fossil fuels extremism that is stifling economic growth, killing blue collar jobs, hurting farmers and needlessly forcing America’s consumers to pay more for energy and essential products and services.

I reject the ultra-liberal ideology and politics of global warming. The only climate that will be cooled by the Democrat Party’s global warming policies is the high-wage jobs/ business climate of the United States.

My opponent, incumbent Democratic Rep. Tim Walz, voted against construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, twice, before he cynically voted for it, knowing full well that President Obama would veto or block the project.

In actuality, my opponent is a global warming alarmist who has consistently taken anti-energy positions such as voting for cap and trade, voting against lifting the ban on U.S. crude oil exports and voting against expediting natural gas pipeline projects. Walz warns on his official congressional website that “climate change…threatens the very existence of the human race.”

Unlike my rival, I wholeheartedly support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as well as all the energy infrastructure projects (pipelines, refineries and distribution points) needed to efficiently utilize the resources God gave our country.

I also support much-needed legislation to reform the federal regulatory process and defeat the EPA. President Obama has grossly misused the EPA, employing the agency as a weapon to bankrupt America’s coal industry and punish U.S. oil and gas producers along with farmers, manufacturers, truckers, small enterprises, consumers….

Lastly, I am committed to achieving U.S. energy independence, a policy that will spur economic growth, create high-wage jobs and help consumers. Energy independence is within reach, but can only be achieved with new leaders in Washington, D.C. who will vote to expand exploration and production of U.S. crude oil. In point of fact, the United States is 100% energy independent for all energy sources, except crude oil.