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Americans Want to See the Keystone XL Pipeline Built

Do you support building the Keystone XL Pipeline? If so, you’re not alone. A new survey by Pew finds a solid majority of Americans want to see President Obama approve the pipeline:

“As the Obama Administration deliberates over whether to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built, the proposed pipeline continues to draw broad support from the public. Currently, 61% favor building the pipeline while 27% are opposed. These views have changed little over the past year.”

It’s been over five years since this pipeline was submitted to the Obama Administration for approval. Numerous studies have been completed. The questions about its effect on the environment have been answered.

Mr. President, it’s time to listen to the American people and build the Keystone XL Pipeline! 

Energy Secretary Moniz Touts All-of-the-Above Energy Approach

Our nation benefits from having a diverse supply of energy sources. President Obama has embraced an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, which recognizes the importance of this energy diversity. It’s a view we share, too.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently penned an op-ed discussing this strategy. In it, he notes the important role oil and natural gas are playing in meeting America’s energy needs:

“We’re producing more natural gas than ever before — a trend the Energy Information Administration forecasts will continue into the foreseeable future.  Nearly half of the drop we have seen in U.S. carbon emissions is due to the market substitution of natural gas for coal in the electrical sector. And natural gas has had a remarkable effect on domestic manufacturing. As the President noted in his State of the Union address, businesses plan to invest almost $100 billion in new factories powered by natural gas.”

Much of today’s natural gas production is the direct result of hydraulic fracturing. While not explicitly mentioned in Secretary Moniz’ column, both he and President Obama know this. Without fracking, a great deal of the natural gas fueling our communities and driving business investment would be out of reach. And yet, there are sustained efforts throughout the country to undermine fracking and even make it illegal. If anti-energy activists behind these efforts succeed, the effect will be devastating on our nation’s economy and energy security.

It’s good to see President Obama and Secretary Moniz don’t appear to be persuaded by “sky is falling” rhetoric from these activists. Natural gas is an important part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy, and that means fracking is too. 

Energy Citizens Speak Out

Energy Citizens have actively been speaking out about the importance of approving the Keystone XL Pipeline. Check out a few of the most recent letters to the editor that have been published in their local papers:

“During his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said he will not hesitate to use his "pen and phone" during his "year of action." Well, one item for which he can certainly use his pen to take action and help create thousands of jobs would be to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.” – Michael Murphy, Milwaukee, WI

“In Ohio, we’re used to swing state partisanship; we’re used to attack ads and sensationalized political disagreements. So it’s understandable that when a rare issue unites Democrats and Republicans, Ohioans would rally for its support. Case in point: the Keystone XL Pipeline.” – Brian Wollet, Mentor, OH

“The U.S. State Department has found Keystone XL would be the safest pipeline ever built due to the fact that TransCanada had to meet 59 additional safety conditions. This project would also provide the stimulus our economy has needed to fully recover. It’s time that President Obama FINALLY approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. – Dave Baker, Madison, WI

Let friends and neighbors know about the important energy issues going on in your community. Write a letter to the editor today!  Email your energy citizens coordinator at renee@energycitizens.org to learn more.

Oil & Gas Revolution Benefits All Americans

We all know that the surge in U.S. oil and gas production is creating jobs around the nation. But did you know that many of those jobs are being filled by women and minorities?

It’s true. In 2010, a quarter of all the jobs supported by oil and gas production were held by minorities. By 2030, those numbers are expected to rise to one-third, according to a new study by IHS Global.

Women are also filling many new energy jobs. Up to 1.3 million jobs in the oil and gas industry could be created by 2030. Of those jobs, women may fill as many as 185,000, hopefully more.

Pointing to the study Paula Jackson, president and CEO of the American Association of Blacks in Energy said "these jobs in the oil and natural gas industry don't just put people to work, they help to transform communities."

Keep in mind, however, that this job growth depends on good policies at the federal and state level that encourage energy production. If the government takes actions that stifle oil and gas development, we won’t see these good-paying jobs created. That’s why it’s so important that Energy Citizens continue fighting for commonsense energy policies. The jobs of millions of people throughout our nation depend on a strong energy industry.

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