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State Dept. dragging its feet on Keystone XL docs, does it matter?

The chairman of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Jason Chaffetz, wants the State Department to release statements from other federal agencies regarding whether or not they believe the Keystone XL pipeline project is in the national interest.

It would be really interesting to see what those agencies have to say. But even if that doesn't happen, we already know where the State Department itself stands.

Way back in January of 2014, the U.S. Department of State issued their Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline. In it, they clearly stated that they believed the pipeline would have minimal impact on the environment, while supporting 42,000 jobs for American workers during the construction phase.

That sounds like an ample endorsement to most people. Yet here we are, six years down the road, still waiting on the Obama Administration to give Keystone XL the go-ahead.

Here’s what the House Energy and Commerce Committee thinks about the Keystone XL pipeline. Drop Sec. of State John Kerrey an email and ask him if their opinion gives him reason enough to say yes to this important addition to American energy infrastructure.


Why Congress Should Lift the Ban

Crude oil exports have become a hot topic in Washington. Members of Congress are considering legislation that would end a 40-year-old export ban that has limited our country’s energy superpower potential.

Merrill Matthews, a scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation, explains in the pages of The Hill why this ban just doesn’t make sense:

Crude oil has to be refined before people can use it. But refineries aren’t necessarily in the same place the oil is being extracted—especially today when innovative drilling techniques are opening up oil fields around the country.

And even if they were close, that doesn’t mean the refinery is set up to refine the kind of crude being pumped nearby. The Texas Gulf Coast refineries are very good at refining very heavy crude oil, like that being produced in Canada—hence the drive to build the Keystone XL pipeline to ship it down. In some cases it may make more sense to export crude to another country rather than ship it across the U.S. for refining.

He goes on to point out the national security implications of ending the export ban:

Russia, Iran and Venezuela use access to energy as a diplomatic bargaining tool. And they use the profits from those sales to foment mischief in the world. Providing our allies and other countries with an alternative source for their energy needs helps undermine that mischief.

Members of Congress from both parties share these views. And there’s growing momentum to lift the ban. As an Energy Citizens, make sure your member of Congress is on the right side of this important issue.

The U.S. not Iran should be the priority

Congress will vote soon on whether American oil producers get the same deal as Iranians. Is it really fair for Iran to be able to export oil but the U.S. can’t?

Tell your members of Congress to lift the sanctions on U.S. oil! 

The United States is the only advanced nation in the world that prohibits crude exports. Under the new deal with Iran, even it is able to join the global market. But the U.S. oil export ban remains in place. 

This relic of the 1970s is holding our economy back. It’s preventing jobs from being created. It’s keeping prices higher for consumers. It’s hurting America.

Congress can fix these problems and end the export ban. Let your member of Congress know that you want the U.S. to end this outdated law and join the world energy market. 

There is no reason that Iran should get a better deal than America.

We’re missing out…

Why do we continue to deny ourselves cheaper fuel, more jobs, and a stronger economy? Tell Congress – lift the crude oil export ban now!

It doesn’t make sense. By continuing the 40-year-old ban on exporting U.S. crude, Congress is letting us miss out on hundreds of thousands of jobs and making our nation less energy secure.

Not only could lifting the ban create 300,000 jobs, reduce the trade deficit, and increase U.S. energy security – it could save American consumers almost $6 billion a year on fuel!

It’s nonsense that U.S. officials would consider a deal that would allow Iranian crude exports, while continuing to hold our own crude exports back. We must not let this go on. Tell your Members of Congress today – lift the U.S. crude oil export ban: improve American energy security!

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