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Keystone XL decision could be coming to a head

The new Congress has made approval of the Keystone XL pipeline one of its top priorities, with both the House and Senate moving forward with legislation to finally get this long overdue project underway.

But Keystone detractors are not giving up, still dismissing the jobs it would create as “temporary” and contending that now, with oil prices in decline, we don’t need the fuel.

They could not be more wrong, on both counts.

The privately funded Keystone XL pipeline will create jobs—thousands of them. The U.S. State Department puts the number at 42,000, most of them in construction and manufacturing.

Temporary jobs? Don’t tell that to construction workers who feed their families with a succession of project-dependent, short-term jobs similar to what Keystone XL would offer. Construction jobs are by nature temporary; that’s why we need to keep approving projects like this pipeline. The last permanent construction job was building the pyramids.

As for no longer needing oil sands crude, the relatively abundant supplies of fuel we currently have cannot be viewed as permanent. The only constant in the business of meeting America’s energy demand is change. Waiting until energy supplies run short to build a pipeline system capable of bringing Canadian crude to U.S. refineries is a shortsighted, risky strategy.

Building the Keystone XL pipeline will put Americans to work and increase U.S. energy security. Congress is doing the right thing and we all need to support their efforts, especially in light of a threatened Obama veto of pro-Keystone XL legislation.

Not Approving Keystone XL Was a Big Mistake

In 2014, President Obama failed to make a decision about the Keystone XL Pipeline. Members of Congress tried valiantly to overcome his inaction, but they failed by one vote. According to analyst Brigham McCown, this was the biggest energy mistake of 2014.

Not a single national infrastructure project under consideration today will do more to advance North American energy independence than Keystone XL. If energy independence is in the national interest, then Keystone XL deserves to be approved.

Not only has the Keystone Pipeline project become the most scrutinized energy infrastructure project of the decade, it is the most scrutinized pipeline project in the history of the United States. After 6 years of review, longer than it took our country to win World War II, there is simply no credible reason to continue the never-ending review process.

Energy Citizens made a strong push for the Keystone XL Pipeline in 2014. Our policymakers made a big mistake by not moving it forward. We can’t afford to let 2015 go by without this project being approved.

In 2014, President Obama failed to make a decision about the Keystone XL Pipeline. Members of Congress tried valiantly to overcome his inaction, but they failed by one vote. According to analyst Brigham McCown, this was the biggest energy mistake of 2014:
 
Not a single national infrastructure project under consideration today will do more to advance North American energy independence than Keystone XL. If energy independence is in the national interest, then Keystone XL deserves to be approved.
 
Not only has the Keystone Pipeline project become the most scrutinized energy infrastructure project of the decade, it is the most scrutinized pipeline project in the history of the United States. After 6 years of review, longer than it took our country to win World War II, there is simply no credible reason to continue the never-ending review process.
 
Energy Citizens made a strong push for the Keystone XL Pipeline in 2014. Our policymakers made a big mistake by not moving it forward. We can’t afford to let 2015 go by without this project being approved.
It's Time to Stop Talking and Start Building

The good news on the Keystone XL pipeline is that the House of Representatives has done its part. KXL won the support of hundreds of Representatives—who sit on both sides of the political aisle. 

The challenge now lies with the Senate, that will vote on a bill in the very near future. And we have a message for them and President Obama: it's time to stop talking and start building.

Do you know where your Members of Congress stand on KXL?

The Keystone XL Pipeline is the first priority of the new Congress.

We've been waiting for this Pipeline for six years now. It's time our elected officials do the right thing and vote yes! It's extremely important that all Energy Citizens send their Members of Congress a letter today to tell them:

• There is no reason to stand in the way of American energy security.
• There is no reason to play politics with Keystone XL.
• There is no reason to delay 42,000 American jobs.

This can be the year that we change history and get Keystone XL approved by the United States Congress. Please contact your Representative and Senators today and urge them to go on the record in support of Keystone.

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