More like proving he is against jobs for Americans and independence in oil from foreign companies…..

Rejecting the Keystone XL oil pipeline application provided the Obama administration with the opportunity to prove that the U.S. was “willing to make the same tough choices that we advocate to the rest of the world” when it comes to climate change, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.

Speaking at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., Kerry referenced the advice he gave President Obama– “my determination that the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is not in the national interests of the United States” – leading to Obama’s rejection of the project last Friday.

The polarizing decision to block the project – which would have carried crude oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast – won applause from environmentalists and condemnation from the business community and Republicans who viewed it as a major jobs creator.

It came just weeks before a U.N. megaconference in Paris where leaders hope to secure a new global climate change agreement – an effort being led by the Obama administration.

“I have been deeply immersed in this [climate change] issue, in this international debate for decades, and the question of whether the United States would be willing to make the same tough choices that we advocate to the rest of the world,” Kerry said. “That question has dogged us from the start.”

“Recently we had the opportunity to prove that the answer to that question is ‘yes.’”