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Americans overwhelmingly voted for energy

“In the 2014 election cycle, energy was a clear winner, because voters from every party recognize its key role in job creation and economic growth: the top priorities on Election Day. In race after race, voters from all regions of our nation and from both political parties voted for candidates who stood behind pro-development, all-of-the-above energy policies.”
API President and CEO Jack Gerard

On November 4, the message voters sent to Congress, the White House, and state houses across the nation could not have been more clear—Americans want commonsense, pro-energy policies.

As reported in Your Oil and Gas News, a telephone poll conducted for the American Petroleum Institute on election night found strong support for oil and natural gas development. The survey of voters showed that:

• 72 percent support building the Keystone XL Pipeline.
• 90 percent recognize that increased production of domestic oil and gas creates jobs.
• 86 percent believe oil and gas development stimulates the economy.
• 66 percent are more likely to vote for candidates in 2016 who endorse pro-oil and gas policies.

Officeholders from the President on down can no longer question the priorities of the American people when it comes to energy. Voters have strongly spoken out in favor of a true all-of-the-above energy strategy that includes oil and natural gas. Now it’s up to our elected officials to heed the message and govern accordingly.

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!

Choose Energy on Election Day

It’s almost time to cast your ballots. Are you ready to choose energy this November 4?

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When individual Energy Citizens cast our ballots this year, we’ll be helping to ensure America has a bright energy future.

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.

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