Support for Keystone XL Continues to Grow On Nation’s Opinion Pages – Latest Editorial Highlights Committee’s Keystone Clock

February 25, 2013


In an editorial published February 24, The Oklahoman joined the chorus of newspaper opinion pages calling upon President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. In making their case, the editors highlighted the committee's live Keystone clock that is counting the time since the Keystone XL application was first submitted to the State Department in September 2008. After over four years of review, the committee has put the Obama administration on the clock to approve the landmark middle class jobs and energy security project. Keystone XL is a $7 billion private sector energy infrastructure project that will strengthen our economy and create thousands of middle class jobs, delivering nearly a million barrels of oil a day from our northern neighbor, Canada. With a contracting economy and record high gas prices, it is well past time for the president to approve the pipeline to bring jobs and affordable energy to America. It is time to move #ForwardOnKeystone after 1,620 days. It’s #TimeToBuild the Keystone XL pipeline. 

The Oklahoman
February 24, 2013
EDITORIAL: Long past time to give Keystone XL project the green light

National debt counters are a staple of conservative group websites. They give a running tally of the debt level and how fast it's growing.

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has a counter of its own. This one tallies the time that's transpired since backers of the Keystone XL pipeline applied to the State Department for a permit to build the project. As we typed these words, the counter hit 1,616 days, 12 hours, 27 minutes and 57 seconds.

This represents more than four years of waiting by TransCanada and its supporters. The pipeline would bring Canadian tar sands oil to Cushing. A second leg, already under construction, would link Cushing with the Gulf Coast. The Obama administration has blocked construction of the northern segment, despite repeated route changes and compromises. The president is under intense pressure to OK the permit, pressure that's coming from both sides in the controversy. …

We mentioned the debt counter and the pipeline delay counter. AAA counts gasoline price trends. As of midweek, those prices had risen for 34 consecutive days, increasing nearly 50 cents between Jan. 17 and Feb. 20. Rapidly increasing gas prices will put even more pressure on the administration to approve the pipeline.

We won't make the case that approval would depress gas prices. Many factors are at work in setting those prices. But increasing the North American supply of oil will help stabilize the supply side of the equation over time. More importantly, the Canadian tar sands will be sold somewhere in the global market. All the protests in the world won't change that fact.

The administration has hinted that Keystone approval may hinge on a compromise involving trade-offs in carbon consumption policy. Actually, a compromise has already taken place. It's the 1,616 days, 12 hours, 27 minutes and 57 seconds that have gone by since the permit application was filed.

President Obama has no grounds for further delay. The project has been proposed, studied and debated. The routing has been changed to avoid environmentally sensitive areas. Keystone would expand U.S. access to the third-largest oil reserves in the world. It would bring oil to this country from a neighbor who is a friend and an ally.

The meter is running. It's past time for this project to get a green light.

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