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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!

U.S. allies wait for crude oil export approval

Reuters recently ran an article detailing how our allies around the globe are urging Congress and the Obama Administration to allow the export of U.S. crude oil.  The article (From Seoul to Mexico City, pressure mounts to ease U.S. oil export ban) points out that:

Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye told a visiting U.S. delegation of lawmakers on the House of Representatives energy committee on Aug. 11 that tapping into the gusher of ultra-light, sweet crude emerging from places like Texas and North Dakota was a priority, the lawmakers said.

Mexico is also eagerly awaiting word from the U.S. Department of Commerce on possible shipments and the EU wants U.S. oil and natural gas exports covered by a proposed trade agreement with Washington, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

…European countries have also pushed for U.S. energy exports as an alternative to supplies from Russia where President Vladimir Putin has shown he can restrict natural gas supplies.

The American shale oil revolution has given us an abundance of crude oil.  Putting some of it on the global market would help other democracies around the world meet their energy demands while dramatically boosting our economy.  A study by ICF International and EnSys Energy estimate that, in 2020, relaxing the export ban could increase U.S. GDP by up to $38 billion, grow government revenues to fund public services by up to $13.5 billion, and create up to 300,000 new jobs.

It is time to lift the crude oil export ban.

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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.

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