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Americans Want to See the Keystone XL Pipeline Built

Do you support building the Keystone XL Pipeline? If so, you’re not alone. A new survey by Pew finds a solid majority of Americans want to see President Obama approve the pipeline:

“As the Obama Administration deliberates over whether to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built, the proposed pipeline continues to draw broad support from the public. Currently, 61% favor building the pipeline while 27% are opposed. These views have changed little over the past year.”

It’s been over five years since this pipeline was submitted to the Obama Administration for approval. Numerous studies have been completed. The questions about its effect on the environment have been answered.

Mr. President, it’s time to listen to the American people and build the Keystone XL Pipeline! 

Debunking Myths about Fracking

Thanks to hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. is producing more oil and natural gas than it has in decades. This is creating jobs around the country, growing our economy, and reducing our need for imported energy. And yet, the fracking process is under attack like never before.

As Energy Citizens know, many of these attacks are based on falsehoods. In a recent op-ed, petroleum geologist Gerry Calhoun sets the record straight about fracking.

For instance, anti-fracking activists like to claim that it uses a lot of water. Not so, points out Calhoun:

“Typically, the procedure requires a million gallons of fresh water. The amount sounds huge until you compare it with irrigation and municipal needs. In Colorado, hydro-fracking uses only 0.01 percent of the state’s water needs. Golf courses use 10 times as much. Irrigation uses 62 percent of the total, with power plants next at the trough. Irrigation uses more water in two days than HF uses in two years. Thus disappears the latest, but assuredly not the last, complaint of the anti-fossil-energy clique.”

What about those chemicals in fracking fluid?

“In the face of suspicion about dangerous contents in the frack formula, you might be surprised to learn that 90 percent of the “chemicals” used in fracking is gelatin, the stuff in Jell-O. Its purpose is to increase the water’s viscosity that holds the sand in suspension until it reaches the targeted shale. Other ingredients resemble those in laundry detergent.”

This is the type of straightforward, factual information we need if our nation’s energy renaissance is going to continue. If the attacks on fracking succeed, then our oil and natural gas production will plummet. Articles like Mr. Calhoun’s are vital to helping the public realize that fracking is a safe process that’s been used for decades. 

Energy Secretary Moniz Touts All-of-the-Above Energy Approach

Our nation benefits from having a diverse supply of energy sources. President Obama has embraced an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, which recognizes the importance of this energy diversity. It’s a view we share, too.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently penned an op-ed discussing this strategy. In it, he notes the important role oil and natural gas are playing in meeting America’s energy needs:

“We’re producing more natural gas than ever before — a trend the Energy Information Administration forecasts will continue into the foreseeable future.  Nearly half of the drop we have seen in U.S. carbon emissions is due to the market substitution of natural gas for coal in the electrical sector. And natural gas has had a remarkable effect on domestic manufacturing. As the President noted in his State of the Union address, businesses plan to invest almost $100 billion in new factories powered by natural gas.”

Much of today’s natural gas production is the direct result of hydraulic fracturing. While not explicitly mentioned in Secretary Moniz’ column, both he and President Obama know this. Without fracking, a great deal of the natural gas fueling our communities and driving business investment would be out of reach. And yet, there are sustained efforts throughout the country to undermine fracking and even make it illegal. If anti-energy activists behind these efforts succeed, the effect will be devastating on our nation’s economy and energy security.

It’s good to see President Obama and Secretary Moniz don’t appear to be persuaded by “sky is falling” rhetoric from these activists. Natural gas is an important part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy, and that means fracking is too. 

Energy Citizens Taking a Stand for LNG Exports

Thanks to all Energy Citizens in Maryland and across the country that took action to support Maryland’s Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility. With their help, over 20,000 comments were submitted to the Maryland Public Service Commission.

Exporting LNG gives America the potential to change the worldwide energy dynamic for the better and improve energy security for our allies. We have the resources, we have the technology, and we have the energy supply to become a world energy superpower. We just need smart local and federal energy policies and the right energy infrastructure.

Adding export capabilities to the Cove Point LNG facility is part of the energy infrastructure solution America needs to realize its full potential as an energy superpower. Plus, the project will create 3,000 jobs for local residents and eventually generate an extra $40 million to Calvert County, Maryland each year.

Thanks again to all those who took that message to the Maryland Public Service Commission and asked them to approve the Cove Point LNG export project. 

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Keystone XL Status Report - More of the Same

Read this article: Gov. Heineman says he’ll take his time studying Keystone XL report.

How much time does will the Governor need to see what has been obvious to Energy Citizens all along – KXL is a crucial piece of U.S. energy infrastructure that would not only help meet our energy demand but also create jobs and grow our economy.

Gov. Heineman doesn’t have to read the whole 2,000-page document. He can just glance at the Executive Summary his own Department of Environmental Quality has prepared. Look at these NDEQ reported findings:

  • Construction and operation of KXL could have minimal environmental impacts in Nebraska.
  • Any impact on aquifers from a release would be localized and Keystone would be responsible for the cleanup.
  • Construction would result in $418.1 million in economic benefits and support up to 4,560 new or existing jobs in Nebraska.
  • The project would generate $16.5 million in use taxes from construction materials and $11 million - $13 million in local property tax revenues in the first year of valuation.

Does it really take a lot of study to say yes to that?

KXL opponents are not wasting any time, of course. They still say no, clinging to their baseless objections to the pipeline.

Energy Citizens have been waiting for Keystone XL for four years now. So we hope Gov. Heineman will send his recommendations to the President before another 4 years pass.

Keystone XL Hearing on Tap After NDEQ Releases Draft Report

A public hearing, preceded by an open house informational session, has been set for December 4 at the County Fairgrounds in Albion, Nebraska. This meeting will give citizens a chance to learn more about and provide input on a 600-page report just released by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. It covers the environmental, social and economic effects of the Keystone XL pipeline route in NE.

Many Energy Citizens will undoubtedly jump on this opportunity to once again show their support for the Keystone XL pipeline. It is encouraging that the State Department is expected to attend the hearing and we hope that after more than four years of waiting, approval could be just around the corner.

Check out these great pictures of pipe stockpiled in anticipation of KXL construction. It is ready to go, and so are the American people. If you have a chance, go to the meeting in Albion and tell them that.

Jobs in Jeopardy with Keystone XL on Hold

With plenty of backing from hard-core environmental groups, a handful of landowners are suing the State of Nebraska, seeking to block the recently passed law that would pave the way for Keystone XL.

But Gov. Dave Heineman makes it clear that this lawsuit will not stop the process of finding a new, environmentally safe route for the pipeline. As he says, if the state stopped every project every time they got sued, “we’d never get anything done.”

And a company in Georgia is adding workers to support their product line that make oil sands extraction better for the environment. Thousands of Georgia workers could eventually be employed in this industry—the company is still hiring engineers to help with their work.

Energy Citizens in every state are concerned about the long-term economic effects of the Keystone XL delay. The longer we wait, the more jobs we put at risk.

NDEQ Announce Public Hearings on Keystone XL. Join Us Today.

Nebraska's DEQ announced four hearings to discuss the Keystone XL route through the state.  We encourage all Energy Citizens to attend and learn more about the route and why this makes America and Nebraska stronger.  The hearings details are below.  Email us at Renee@energycitizens.org for more information.

Wednesday, May 9th from 4 – 7 PM at the O’Neil Community Center located at 501 S. 4th St.

 

Thursday, May 10th from 4 – 7 PM at the Neligh-Oakdale High School gym located at 600 J St.

 

Wednesday, May 16th from 4 – 7 PM at the Boone County Fairgrounds located at 11th and Fairview Avenue.

 

Thursday, May 17th from 4 – 7 PM at the Central City Community Room located at 1515 17th St.

If approved, the Keystone XL Pipeline will not only provide our nation with much needed energy security, but will also immediately create 20,000 good paying construction jobs. All without cost to the American tax payer.

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality will soon be holding public hearings in your area to hear from citizens like you about the impact and benefits of building this important pipeline.  

Anti-Keystone XL activists are sure to show up in large numbers at these public hearings on the newly proposed Keystone route. Energy Citizens who care about this important piece of America’s future energy security need to attend as well, to show lawmakers and regulators that most Nebraskans - and other commonsense energy supporters around the nation – want to see the pipeline built.

Do no pass up this opportunity to learn more about the new route and testify on behalf of Keystone XL.

RSVP today and we will contact you with more information on how you can get involved.

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