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Offshore Energy: They Key to Improving American Energy Security

America is moving in the right direction when it comes to supplying our own energy. But to sustain the drive toward energy independence—and away from unstable overseas energy regimes—the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) needs to expand access to more of America’s offshore energy resources!

The Key to Improving U.S. Energy Security Can be Found Offshore 

We all know that American energy works! Producing our own energy has brought lower prices, jobs, and increased energy security. Our country has the capability to produce even more energy right here at home, but the federal government is standing in the way with restrictive policies offshore. Right now, a full 87% of America’s offshore areas are off-limits to energy development. This has got to change—and your involvement can help.

BOEM has proposed modestly expanding the amount of land open to offshore exploration in the Draft Proposed 5-year Offshore Leasing Program (DPP) that will direct offshore energy development policies from 2017 to 2022. This is definitely a step in the right direction, so email BOEM now to urge approval for this 5-year leasing program. Responsible offshore energy exploration will create jobs, grow our economy, and strengthen American energy security. Those benefits hinge on BOEM getting the 5-year program right!

Email the White House: “Don’t veto Keystone!”

Both the United States Senate and House of Representatives have passed legislation to greenlight construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. That means, any day, the legislation will be sent to President Obama’s desk—for his signature or veto. Time is short, so please…

Tell President Obama, “Don’t Veto Keystone XL!”

The President has threatened to veto Keystone, but we can help change his mind. His own State Department has issued five reports saying the Keystone XL pipeline will create jobs and have minimal environmental impact. Simply put, pipelines are among the safest, most environmentally friendly ways to transport oil. In addition, Keystone XL deserves the President’s support because it will:

  • Strengthen America’s energy security, economy, and national security.
  • Create more than 42,000 new American jobs.
  • Help the United States meet more of its energy needs with North American oil.

Help us get Keystone across the finish line. Tell President Obama to approve Keystone today! 

KXL Vote is Imminent

A final House of Representatives vote on the Keystone XL pipeline is just days away. Tell your Representative to vote yes on Keystone XL one more time.

This House vote is the final hurdle remaining before Keystone makes it to President Obama’s desk for the first time.

It is crucial to make sure your Representative knows that you support Keystone XL and want them to approve the Keystone legislation passed by the Senate last week.

After more than six years of waiting, we are finally nearing the finish line. Do your part to make this happen. Ask your Representative in Congress to vote once more in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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! 

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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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