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the Obama Administration has officially started to develop its five-year leasing plan for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). A new 5-year plan could mean that new areas will be opened up for oil and natural gas exploration – but only if they hear from you.

Tell the Obama administration that you want to expand offshore energy development!

Currently 87% of federal offshore waters are locked away – meaning we are unable to develop the oil and natural gas that would increase American energy security, create hundreds of thousands of jobs and grow the economy.

With the current unrest in the Middle East, it is more important than ever that the U.S. develop the oil and gas resources that exist off our coast. We should not have to rely on unstable regions of the world for the energy we need.

We need active Energy Citizens like you to make your voice heard in Washington, D.C. Stand up for our nation’s energy security and our energy future today!

Bipartisan Support for the Keystone XL Pipeline

Think support for the Keystone XL Pipeline is a partisan issue? Think again.

The latest example of this pipeline’s bipartisan support came in early April, when 11 Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline by the end of the month.

As these senators say in their letter:

 “This process has been exhaustive in its time, breadth, and scope. It has already taken much longer than anyone can reasonably justify. This is an international project that will provide our great friend and ally Canada a direct route to our refineries… This project will enhance our relationship with Canada and increase our drive towards North American energy security and independence…”

This letter comes on the heels of a bipartisan vote from Missouri legislators to support the Keystone XL Pipeline’s construction.

It really should be no surprise that the Keystone XL Pipeline has the support of policymakers from both parties. Polls consistently show that the American people strongly back building it. Politicians are simply reflecting the will of their constituents. Now it’s time for President Obama to listen to the Democrats and Republicans who are telling him that it’s time to build this important pipeline.

Americans speak out in favor of energy and infrastructure investments

Over the next 10 years the U.S. stands to gain 1 million new jobs and $120 billion in additional GDP from energy infrastructure investments connected to domestic oil and natural gas production.  A new poll shows that average Americans understand the importance of domestic energy production and very strongly believe it is good for our country.

The Harris Poll conducted a study designed to gauge voters’ opinions on investments in energy infrastructure and access to energy resources.  The results were clear – Americans like seeing the U.S. produce its own energy and large, bipartisan majorities believe it is beneficial for our economy.

The national telephone poll found that:

  • 94 percent of registered American voters agree that increased development of the country’s energy infrastructure would help create jobs in the U.S. 
  • 91 percent say that increased production of domestic oil and natural gas resources could lead to more jobs in the U.S.
  • 89 percent say increased development of the country’s energy infrastructure is good for American consumers.
  • 87 percent say increased production of domestic oil and natural gas resources could help stimulate the economy.

But investments in American energy production are not a given.  If we don’t adopt smart government policies that support and encourage investment in infrastructure and development, companies could just as easily shift their focus to operations in other countries.

Karen Moreau, executive director of API’s New York State Petroleum Council, said this about policy and investment:

“Forward-looking policies that allow United States to capitalize on its bright energy future are imperative for this nation to realize its job creation and economic potential. The American public gets it; America’s economic future, the availability of affordable and reliable energy, depends on the policies created today.”

A study released in March estimates that energy producers will have to invest more than $640 billion in infrastructure investments over the next 22 years to keep America’s energy revolution moving ahead.  Americans obviously support domestic energy production and the investments that make it happen.  It is essential that we make that support known to elected officials, to ensure that local, state, and national energy policies do not get in the way of success.

Bipartisan Disapproval of President Obama’s Keystone XL Decision

When President Obama announced that a final decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline would be indefinitely delayed, he received significant criticism. In this politically polarized time, it’s notable that this criticism crossed party lines. It’s clear that the Keystone XL Pipeline is popular with the American people. One thing that Democrats and Republicans can agree on is that it’s time to build the Keystone XL.

President Obama may have known that this decision would have been unpopular. As Christopher Helman of Forbes points out, the announcement was timed for minimal publicity

“Whenever businesses and bureaucrats don’t have the guts to stand behind a decision they’ve made, they release the news late on a Friday. In the case of the Obama administration’s move to delay indefinitely a decision to approve or deny the Keystone XL pipeline, it speaks volumes that the announcement was made not just on any Friday, but on the convergence of Good Friday and Passover.”

Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, said the decision was “nothing short of a stunning act of political cowardice.”

Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, said, “Once again, the administration in making a political calculation instead of doing what is right for the country. It’s clear the administration needs to grow a set of antlers, or perhaps take a lesson from Popeye and eat some spinach.”

Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, called the delay “irresponsible, unnecessary and unacceptable.”

This pipeline is good for America’s economy and it’s vital for our energy security. That’s why it has such strong bipartisan support in Washington. President Obama should reconsider his decision to delay approval for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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