In Effort to Create Middle Class Jobs, Energy and Commerce Committee Puts White House On the Keystone Clock

February 13, 2013

1,608 Days and Counting: It’s #TimeToBuild the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON, DC – In the ongoing effort to create middle class jobs, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is continuing its push for White House approval of the landmark Keystone XL pipeline. This week the committee unveiled a new Keystone Clock counting the time since the Keystone XL application was first submitted to the State Department in September 2008. At 1,608 days and counting since the permit was first filed, it is time for the president to approve the landmark energy infrastructure project that will deliver affordable energy, jobs, and greater energy security to America. It’s #TimeToBuild the Keystone XL pipeline and create middle class jobs.


February 11, 2013

GOP pressures Obama to build pipeline with new 'Keystone Clock'

House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans on Monday put President Obama on the "Keystone Clock."

In a new messaging campaign, the committee’s GOP members have plastered a “Keystone Clock” on its website that shows 1,606 days have passed since TransCanada Corp. filed its September 2008 application for the oil sands pipeline with the State Department.

“Keystone XL remains an opportunity to help create a more secure energy future, but the clock on Keystone XL is still ticking as the president continues to delay his decision on the project,” committee Republicans said in a Monday statement.

Obama has the power to approve or reject the pipeline, as it crosses national boundaries.

The Energy and Commerce initiative marks an escalation of GOP efforts to nudge Obama on Keystone after Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) gave the OK to a revised pipeline route. The Nebraska ruling was viewed as one of Keystone's last hurdles, with clearing Obama remaining the final test.

A majority of the House and the Senate support the project, which would bring Canadian oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries. Congressional supporters, most of them Republican, say it would create thousands of jobs.

Along with the clock, the Energy and Commerce's new Keystone website also hosts a “resource center” that includes a timeline on the Keystone application process.

Several GOP lawmakers also have tweeted on the subject with the #TimeToBuild hashtag. Those tweets compare the lapse between the application to build Keystone and Obama's decision with the length of time needed to construct the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pentagon, among other examples. ...

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February 12, 2013

Obama put on 'Keystone Clock'

A Republican-led energy committee said the clock is ticking and it's time for U.S. President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee put Obama on a "Keystone Clock," noting it's been more than 1,600 days since pipeline company TransCanada submitted a construction application to the U.S. State Department. …

"Despite the nation's economy contracting last quarter, the president is still having difficulty saying 'yes' to $7 billion in private investment that will jumpstart the economy and boost the middle class," a committee statement read. …

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The Washington Times

February 11, 2013

House committee releases 'Keystone clock'

With respect to approving the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama officially has been put on the clock.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Monday unveiled a live "Keystone Clock," that keeps track of the time elapsed since the project was first submitted for federal approval. It now stands at 1,606 days, as Keystone was first submitted to the State Department for approval on Sept. 19, 2008.

The massive pipeline, which would bring Canadian oil sands south through the U.S. to Gulf Coast refineries, is still under review by the Obama administration. …

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