Why Are We Still Waiting for Keystone’s Jobs and Energy Security After 2,000 Days of Review?
What took longer, the American Civil War or an answer on approval of the Keystone XL pipeline? The answer might surprise you. Between the time Confederate forces fired upon South Carolina’s Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, and the surrender of General Lee’s Army at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865, 1,458 days had passed. That’s right. It’s already taken longer for the Keystone XL pipeline project to get a yes or no from the White House than it did for the Civil War to finally come to its bloody end.
Want further context? It took Lewis and Clark 1,121 days to explore the American West. It took the Greatest Generation 1,366 days to fight and win World War II, it took 1,605 days to build the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and it only took President Obama and congressional Democrats 428 days to ram Obamacare into law.
The American people deserve leadership that will stand up for American jobs and energy security, as the House did last May when H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, was approved by a 241-175 bipartisan vote. This bill, authored by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), would end the regulatory delays blocking construction of the pipeline and finally allow the job-creating project to proceed. And still, 293 days after the House passed H.R. 3, this jobs bill awaits action in the Democratic controlled Senate.