The vote to clear all roadblocks to the Pipeline is now in the U.S. Senate. Please urge Congress to “do the right thing.”
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 241 to 175 on H.R. 3 to clear potential bureaucratic and legal roadblocks. The passage will help pave the way for THOUSANDS of new jobs and more affordable energy. Please join the full-frontal assault against the Obama administration for taking away tens of thousands of jobs from Americans!!
Without the Keystone XL Pipeline, a lot more oil will go to China. More oil on the world market will bring the price down. The Keystone XL Pipeline will reduce the cost of getting oil from the Canadian oil sands to the refineries along the Gulf Coast. Passage of this bill’s counterpart in the U.S. Senate will INCREASE the world’s supply and, obviously, reduce the world price of oil. The Keystone XL has also reserved space for about 250,000 barrels a day of oil production in the United States.
Experts predict that by the end of the year 2014, the United States will be able to produce MORE OIL than Saudi Arabia! You read that correctly. And passage of the Keystone XL Pipeline will greatly make that happen!
During the Keystone XL Pipeline construction, the project is expected to create over seven million hours of labor and over 13,000 new jobs for American workers!
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) says: “The Keystone pipeline is critically important for our energy supply. America is about to enjoy –or North America – about to enjoy energy independence here in the next seven or eight years. This is going to give our country a great advantage when it comes to manufacturing more goods here in America and exporting them around the world. So we need to continue to build pipelines, to expand refineries, and to expand the exploration of oil and gas in America.”
The House Energy & Commerce Committee advanced legislation by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) (H.R. 3) that approves the Keystone pipeline and removes roadblocks that, even with presidential approval, could hold up its construction for years. The Keystone pipeline has already been blocked by the Obama administration for more than four years, and a final decision could be “many more months down the road,” The Hill reported. The vote this past Wednesday passed the House. NOW it is up to the U.S. Senate!
The pipeline, held up by the Obama administration, will bring oil roughly 1,200 miles from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska. The southern segment is currently under construction would carry the crude product on to the Gulf Coast.
One of the “official” comments received by the State Department in relationship to the Pipeline, was from Karen Harbert, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy: “The economic impact and long term benefits of the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline are significant and vitally important to American jobs and the economy, especially during this time of economic recovery.”
Please fax your support to Congress right now!
Even the President’s hometown newspaper has backed the Pipeline. The Chicago Tribune confirms, “Cheaper energy will help restore the nation’s competitiveness in manufacturing and reduce costs for most other businesses – propelling the job market.”
A Washington Examiner editorial echoes the frustration that we have with the administration. It reads: “Consider the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which was first proposed in September 2008. The privately-funded $7 billion project should have created over 13,000 construction jobs already, according to Obama's economic advisers. Those jobs don't yet exist, however, because the project is tied up in red tape. Federal bureaucrats have convened at least 20 Washington meetings, held nine field hearings along proposed pipeline routes from the Canadian border south to Texas, reviewed 1,800 comments, and written a 1,000-page Environmental Impact Statement, plus an 800-page Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in the construction industry is still 14.7 percent, and the Chinese keep offering inducements to Canada to forget the pipeline and sell its oil to them.”
In spite of the approval by the U.S. State Department, the Obama administration is still pushing back. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) objected to the State Department’s draft review of the pipeline route, saying it included “insufficient information” on environmental issues.
Roughly 70% of Americans and 60% of Canadians support the Keystone Pipeline.
In the meantime, tens of thousands of jobs are still ON HOLD!!
For American construction workers, the Obama administration is not just delaying a pipeline; it’s blocking “a lifeline” that will create 20,000 new jobs directly, and thousands more indirectly. The pipeline will also deliver nearly a million barrels of oil to the U.S., helping address high gas prices that are a perennial plague for American families and small businesses.
It’s well past time for President Obama to listen to the vast majority of the American people and approve the Keystone pipeline.
We need your faxes today to put tens of thousands of workers back to work NOW!