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Premier responds to U.S. decision on Keystone XL

Premier Alison Redford issued the following statement in response to the U.S. State Department’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.

“I am extremely disappointed with today’s decision by the State Department to reject the Keystone XL pipeline application. We believe the project provides the United States with energy security and thousands of job opportunities.

Today’s decision does not mean that America will consume one less barrel of oil. What it means is this: America will continue to import oil from jurisdictions with much weaker environmental policies and who do not share the same values as Canadians and Americans.

Alberta has always considered the U.S. our strongest and most important trading partner. The State Department’s decision strengthens our resolve to pursue access to alternative markets.

Today’s decision also reinforces the need for a Canadian energy strategy and why Alberta must focus on market diversification with a clear aim to Asia-Pacific.

I have discussed this issue with the Prime Minister on many occasions and we continue to be in constant communications with him.”

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