Anti-Keystone Pipeline demonstrations held in Washington, D.C. on July 30, 2013
Dear Conservative Friend,
President Obama claims: “(Building the Pipeline) it might actually cause some gas prices in the Midwest to go up where currently they can’t ship some of that oil to world markets.”
What in the world is he “smoking?”
How in the world can he say that?
Contrary to all business analysts, President Obama has downplayed this past week the economic benefits of completing the proposed Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline.
But this is the first time he has said “gas prices might rise” as a result of the pipeline. How insane is that false statement.
President Barack Obama disputed arguments that the pipeline would help lower gasoline prices! Here is exactly what he said this past week:
“That oil is going to be piped down to the Gulf to be sold on the world oil market, so it does not bring down gas prices here in the United States. In fact, it might actually cause some gas prices in the Midwest to go up where currently they can’t ship some of that oil to world markets.”
That quote from President Barack Obama is one of the most unbelievable quotes in his presidency. It is outrageous! It is totally untrue!
Where is the president’s mind on this?
President Obama’s response this week has drawn not only an overwhelmingly response from Republicans, but also from TransCanada, the company proposing the 1,600-mile pipeline.
Obama comments: “Republicans have said that this would be a big jobs generator. There is no evidence that’s true. The most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline, which might take a year or two, and then after that we’re talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 jobs in an economy of 150 million people.”
“2,000 jobs were ‘a blip relative to the need.’”
AN OUTRIGHT LIE!!
Outraged House Republicans immediately attacked Obama for minimizing the pipeline’s job creation potential!
Trans-Canada, based in Alberta, Canada, the company proposing the pipeline, immediately disputed the president’s comments. They urged: “The construction phase of the project will directly create at least 13,000 jobs. Thousands of other indirect jobs will be created in the manufacturing sector and in other industries as a direct result of Keystone.”
Other estimates, including one by the Obama administration itself, have said the project could create as many as 40,000 new jobs. House Speaker Boehner sticks with the figure of 20,000!
President Obama’s comments must be “political positioning” as he is trying to set the stage for a budget fight and debt negotiations with House Republicans in September. Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, and others in the GOP have pointed to the $7 billion pipeline -- which would transport Canadian oil from Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast -- as a major jobs producer that should be approved immediately.
The Keystone Pipeline would run through the state of Nebraska.
U.S. Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) urges: “The president is insulting Canada by saying that he needs to learn more about the project. What more could he learn after over 15,500 pages of reviews? In my opinion, the president now has zero credibility when he speaks about infrastructure projects creating jobs.”
Congressman Terry continues: “What will it take for our president to focus on job-creation and not job-killing? President Obama needs to spend more time working with Republicans in Congress rather than traveling around the country reciting the environmental left's talking points and giving speeches that don't hire.”
Roughly 70% of Americans support the Keystone Pipeline.
In the meantime, tens of thousands of jobs are still ON HOLD!!
Mr. Obama's labor base even calls for approval of the pipeline. In May, labor leaders such as Sean McGarvey, president of the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department, wrote to Congress that the project would create “tens of thousands of good-paying jobs.”
The northern portion of the pipeline, from Alberta to Steele City, Oklahoma, has been on hold for several years. But the southern leg of the pipeline, from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast, is nearly complete, and TransCanada is touting the fact that about 4,000 jobs were created just from that section of the project.
“I think the Americans we have put to work so far appreciate the fact they have been able to put food on the table for their families by helping to build Keystone,” the company said.
But Mr. Obama is under intense pressure from the environmental community, which views the project as a step backward in the administration's fight against climate change.
In previous remarks, the president has said he will approve the pipeline only if it does not "significantly exacerbate" the problem of carbon pollution. In his recent New York Times interview, Mr. Obama said it was not clear whether Canada would do enough to alleviate concerns about pollution.
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. The Keystone Pipeline XL will INCREASE the world’s supply and, obviously, reduce the world price. 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!
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.”
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.”
It’s way past time for President Obama to listen to the vast majority of the American people and approve the Keystone pipeline.
P. S. In spite of the ANTI-Pipeline protestors in Washington, D.C. this past week, American really needs the Keystone Pipeline XL!!