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The Senate Should End the Obstructionism on Keystone


If you’ve been watching the news you’ve seen that a vocal minority in the United States Senate is doing everything it can to keep the Keystone XL pipeline from ever coming up for a vote. Just this week they resorted to one of the oldest obstructionist tricks in the book—the filibuster.

Tell the Senate it’s Time to End the Obstructionism. Bring Keystone Up for a Vote Today!

We can’t let their anti-energy extremism derail Keystone. Please send your Senators an email today making sure they know that you support Keystone XL and want there to be a public vote soon to approve construction of the pipeline.

A bipartisan majority of Americans have been waiting for Keystone for more than six years. We can’t let a desperate filibuster get in the way.

Please take just a second to send a message. We need as many people as possible for this to work! 

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.

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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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