Running Out Of Excuses – 1,600 Days and Counting Since Keystone XL Application Submitted to the State Department

February 4, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Today marks 1,600 days since TransCanada first applied for a Presidential Permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline. As strong bipartisan support for the landmark jobs project continues to grow, the White House is running out of excuses for not supporting the pipeline.

To put 1,600 days into perspective…


It took 491 days to build the Pentagon. The U.S. could have built the Pentagon three times over in the time it's taken for the Obama administration to consider the Keystone XL pipeline.

It took Lewis and Clark 1,121 days to explore the American West. Clark launched the expedition in Pittsburgh on August 30, 1803, and the expedition concluded in St. Louis on September 23, 1806, upon their return from Oregon.

It took the Greatest Generation 1,366 days to fight and win World War II, commencing with the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, to the formal Japanese surrender ceremony on September 2, 1945.

It took President Obama and congressional Democrats 428 days to ram through Obamacare and transform our health care system under their one party rule.

When the Keystone application was submitted to the State Department on September 19, 2008, the iPad was still 562 days away from introduction. The first iPad was released on April 3, 2010.

We are at 1,600 days and counting, and the Obama administration continues to waste time delaying the approval of a shovel-ready project that would pour $7 billion in private capital into the economy and create approximately 20,000 direct and 100,000 indirect jobs. While the Keystone application sat on the shelf collecting dust last quarter, the United States economy endured negative growth.

The American people are asking, “where are the jobs?” We need to look no further than the Keystone XL pipeline for answers. The time for excuses is over.