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American Workers Need the Keystone XL Pipeline

President Obama continues to delay the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, even after six long years. As columnist Michael Whately points out, those hurt most by this delay are America’s blue collar workers:

September 19th [marked] the sixth anniversary of when TransCanada first applied for a presidential permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. Hurt the most are the people whose job it is to build and operate the pipeline.

The Keystone Pipeline or Keystone XL, as it’s commonly known, would put 9,000 laborers to work and support over 42,100 jobs on a project designed to strengthen America’s energy independence as well as provide a way to move Bakken Shale oil from North Dakota to refineries located on the Gulf Coast.

Opponents of the pipeline contend that these jobs would be temporary. A laborer quoted in the op-ed points out that this is a bogus charge against the pipeline: “I would also like to note that much has been brought up about the temporary jobs...for 28 years, every job I have had has been a temporary job."

Check out the rest of the op-ed for more reasons why building the Keystone XL Pipeline would benefit the working men and women of America. Six years is long enough – it’s time to build!

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New Keystone XL study falls flat

Although a new report from a Swedish group called the Stockholm Environment Institute has gained a lot of attention from the anti-energy crowd, unbiased analysts dismiss its claim that Keystone XL could result in carbon emissions four times greater than U.S. State Department estimates.

Here’s part of what Forbes had to say in their article, Recycled Keystone XL Report Doesn’t Add Up:

Professor Andrew Leach penned an insightful article earlier this week titled, “A paper on Keystone’s Climate Impacts Would Fail Econ 101.”, calling out the economic miscalculations of the report. Professor Leach argues the recycled report based its findings on faulty assumptions, resulting in a report riddled with fallacies.

It is difficult to imagine how SEI’s report passes muster.  In fact, the federal government has now authored five different studies on the subject. The reports support the claim the project will not adversely affect the environment. The KXL fight has been a “Green Herring” for years, lasting longer than American involvement in WWII.

Canadian oil is finding, and will continue to find its way to market.  In saying this, every credible report reaches the same conclusion, bringing the oil to market via pipeline will remain the safest, greenest, and most efficient way to transport crude to market.

We can probably expect more attempts to discredit Keystone XL, as long as the Obama Administration continues to delay approving construction of this worthwhile project that is supported by over three-quarters of the American public.

Keystone XL is a crucial link in a long-range plan that could support 500,000 U.S. jobs and give us access to twice as much North American oil as we now import from the Middle East.  It is a mystery to most of us why it is taking the Administration so long to make a decision.

Crude oil exports could mean big things for U.S. economy

Although the Obama Administration did conclude that two companies can export a lightly distilled type of ultra-light oil called condensate, despite the 39-year old ban on U.S. exports of crude oil, the full economic potential of crude oil exports remains out of reach.  Experts have predicted that large-scale exports of even the now-sanctioned condensate will not materialize.

That’s too bad, because allowing American oil producers – who are rapidly approaching the point where their output is likely to outpace the capacity of domestic refiners – would give the U.S. economy a tremendous shot in the arm.

As FuelFix reported in May, a study conducted by IHS found that lifting the export ban would:

  • Trigger $746 billion in investment from 2016 to 2030, causing domestic oil production to climb 1.2 million barrels per day more than if the trade restrictions remained intact.
  • Lower gasoline prices by 8 cents per gallon on average, as U.S. crude hits the world market and adds to supplies used by refiners around the globe.
  • Support an additional 394,000 direct and indirect jobs per year on average through 2030, as a result of the increased economic activity tied to the rise in crude production.

Another analysis of crude oil exports, by ICF International and EnSys Energy, predicted that the abolishment of current restrictions could increase domestic oil production by half a million barrels a day and reduce the U.S. trade deficit by $22 billion in 2020.

Energy Citizens urges the administration and Congress to approve more exports of domestic crude oil.  The benefits we stand to gain are clearly too good to ignore.

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