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EPA chief McCarthy right on Keystone XL, but doesn't go far enough

You might have seen recent news reports of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s statement that the Keystone XL pipeline would not – as critics have long avowed – be a “disaster for the climate.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce agreed with her comments, but didn’t think she went as far as she could have on that line of thought.  They pointed out the evidence that shows that Keystone XL, in addition to having no significant impact on the environment, is the best alternative to transporting North American crude oil.

Their argument makes sense.  As Chamber research shows, pipelines are one of the safest and cleanest ways to transport oil and natural gas.

Energy Citizens appreciates Administrator McCarthy’s statement about Keystone XL.  And, like the Chamber, we hope that President Obama will listen to her, take a hard look at the facts, and give this pipeline the approval it deserves.

Using Energy to Stand Up to Russia

The news has been filled with stories over the past few years about the trouble Vladimir Putin is causing his neighbors. Russia’s vast energy resources give the country leverage over other European nations, and Putin is not shy to use this leverage to advance his agenda.

An editorial in the Houston Chronicle contends that America has a way to thwart Putin’s imperialistic ambitions, and that “way” is through American energy. Here’s what the editorial Exporting America has to say: 

Exporting oil and gas poses one of the best opportunities to strengthen our allies in NATO and the European Union. The former Soviet Union provides more than 40 percent of Europe's oil. Russia has nearly exclusive control over natural gas supplies to the Baltic nations, which the United States has a duty to protect under the NATO charter. This level of control leaves our allies vulnerable to price shocks and supply cuts at the whim of an expansionist oligarch. Yet U.S. crude is still restricted by a 1970s-era export ban and the federal government drags its feet on approving liquefied natural gas exports.

However, the wall is beginning to crumble. The House of Representatives and a Senate committee have already passed a bill to speed up the approval of LNG export facilities by the Department of Energy, but it still needs a vote on the Senate floor and President Obama's signature. The United States is one of the top gas producers in the world, and yet our closest allies rely on a belligerent neighbor to keep from freezing. Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland are actively lobbying the White House to speed up the export approval process, and we can't let them down.

As the Chronicle points out, allowing American oil and natural gas to be sold more freely on the world stage will help our allies. It will also sustain the energy revolution here, as well as all the jobs the energy industry has created. It’s a win-win situation for our nation and for world stability. It’s time for Congress and the president to embrace the full potential of American energy production.

Less than 24 hours left to make your voice heard on NAAQS!

If you haven’t submitted a comment to the EPA to stop what could be the most expensive federal regulation in history—Today is your last chance!

Send the EPA an unmistakable message: this ozone regulation is wrong for America!

This is our final opportunity to tell the EPA that we oppose the changes they want to make to federal ozone regulations. Tomorrow, the EPA’s comment period closes.

The proposed restrictions could cost consumers, communities, and businesses billions of dollars; so much so, in fact, that this NAAQS ozone regulation could be the single most expensive government regulation ever!

We have just 24 hours to act. The scientific evidence shows that the EPA is not required to make this change, and they might back down if enough of us stand up and say no to this regulatory overreach!

Thanks for helping!

The Energy Citizens Team

Less than one week to speak out against the costliest regulation of all time!

The EPA is considering a regulation that could eliminate 2.9 million American jobs, and Tuesday, March 17, is the last day we have to try and stop them.

The EPA’s proposed ozone regulation could be the most expensive government regulation ever! Their standard would be so tough, in fact, that many pristine areas and national parks could fail to meet the EPA’s cut! Why impose standards that may be impossible to meet? It just doesn’t make sense.

There is less than one week left to try and slow the EPA down, so we have to stand against this potentially destructive government mandate. The scientific evidence shows that the EPA is under no obligation to change America’s ozone regulations. With just days left, let’s tell the EPA to ease off the gas pedal and let America catch up with existing ozone regulations.

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