Channeling FRIENDS on Why the President Should Say Yes to Keystone After 6 Years
This week the House approved S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, sending the bill to the president’s desk. The president must now decide if he will say yes to American jobs and energy and sign the bill. Could there BE any more reasons to say yes?
The Keystone XL pipeline would support tens of thousands of U.S. jobs.
It’s no secret that the Keystone pipeline would create thousands of U.S. jobs. The president’s own State Department concluded long ago that the pipeline would support over 42,000 jobs across the United States.
The Keystone XL pipeline would keep energy prices affordable.
By bringing more secure North American oil online, the Keystone XL pipeline will help keep gas prices stable and affordable, allowing Americans save more of their money and spend their earnings on other necessities (like a computer).
Support for the Keystone XL project is bipartisan, with a majority of Americans supporting the project.
The Keystone XL pipeline is a project everyone can applaud. Numerous polls have shown that Keystone is favorable among voters by a wide margin, and some of the president’s biggest supporters have spoken up in support of building the project.
The review process is complete, and the Nebraska court case is over.
The president’s veto threat against bipartisan legislation to approve the pipeline claims the bill circumvents the review process and “would authorize the project despite uncertainty due to ongoing litigation in Nebraska,” but this is now a moot (or moo) point. The State Department has already issued five separate reviews confirming the project is in the nation’s interest and the Nebraska Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of the project.
The facts supporting Keystone are loud and clear, but the president isn’t listening.
The Keystone XL pipeline is the right choice for American jobs, energy affordability, safety, and the environment. Congress and the majority of the American people want to see Keystone built. So why won’t the president simply say yes?
Six years is long enough.
The workers waiting for these shovel-ready jobs probably wish they could have the last six years back. So do we. It has been over six years since the permit to build Keystone XL was originally filed. It is long past #TimeToBuild.