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With the passing of Labor Day, it is an opportune time to shine a light on the fact that the continued delay in approving the Keystone XL pipeline is keeping good, high-paying jobs away from American men and women. Not to mention that it is sending American dollars overseas to hostile regimes that do not share many of North America’s interests and values.
The pipeline, with capacity to carry up to 830,000 barrels of Canadian and U.S. oil to refineries in the Gulf Coast, is estimated to contribute more than $3 billion to U.S. GDP and will support more than 42,000 direct and indirect jobs to Americans, according to an analysis by the U.S. State Department.
The U.S. State Department has demonstrated, exhaustively, over 17,000 pages of technical and environmental studies that Keystone XL will be the safest pipeline ever constructed on U.S. soil, and operate with little impact on the environment and greenhouse gas emissions.
But instead of celebrating a shovel-ready project on Labor Day weekend that would put tens of thousands of Americans to work almost overnight, businesses, workers and labor organizations in the United States are mourning the loss of yet another construction season for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
These people are adding their voices in support for the project and speaking out about it this weekend and throughout Labor Day. We have compiled a series of quotes from just some of those supporters, who have also agreed to provide their contact information should you wish to speak to them about the project.
We can’t think of a project that better embodies the strength of the Canada-U.S. energy partnership than one built with the hands of American and Canadian workers that will dramatically lessen our dependence on foreign oil from foreign countries unfriendly to America’s interests.
Hear from labor leaders and business owners directly about what Keystone XL means to their businesses and their families.
Terry Moore, President of the Omaha Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, long-time friend to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and labor advisor to numerous U.S. presidents.
Ron Kaminski, Business Manager for the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) #1140.
Bruce Grewcock, Chairman and CEO of Omaha-based Kiewit, one of the largest construction companies in America.
David Delie, President of Little Rock, Arkansas-based Welspun Tubular.
Labor groups, business groups, Democrats and Republicans all showed their support for Keystone XL during the 30 day comment period. More than a million comments of support were submitted by individuals and groups representing hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Have a look at some of the comments submitted by Keystone XL supporters:
LiUNA President Terry O’Sullivan
Too many hard-working Americans are out of work, Keystone XL will change that dire situation for thousands of them. TransCanada executed a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the four construction crafts that are signatories to the National Pipeline Agreement that will cover the remaining pipeline construction. This project will create thousands of jobs for members of our unions, who will receive wage and benefit packages that set the standard for the construction sector.
Refineries in the Gulf Coast will continue to seek supplies of heavy crude oil. The failure to secure a long-term energy supply from our Canadian allies will cause these refineries to continue to rely on oil supplied by unstable, foreign regimes where environmental regulations scarcely exist and oil profits are used to oppose the United States economic and security interests.
President of Illinois AFL-CIO Michael Carrigan
As the members of the Illinois AFL-CIO know all-too-well, high unemployment remains a stubborn problem here and throughout the United States, especially in the construction and manufacturing sectors. With your approval of Keystone XL, we have an opportunity to create more than 42,000 direct and indirect construction and manufacturing jobs that will support hard-working American families. Keystone XL, according to the Department of State’s analysis will generate approximately $2 billion of earnings throughout the United States and add $3.4 billion Gross Domestic Product. These are staggering figures that demonstrate Keystone XL’s tangible benefits.
Montana Governor Steve Bullock
At the strong urging of the State of Montana, the Keystone XL Pipeline will include an on-ramp in Baker, Montana, to allow domestic oil from the Bakken formation to be transported on the pipeline. This on-ramp will provide a further economic boost to rural communities adjacent to the pipeline in Eastern Montana, and will support further development of the Bakken formation, benefitting the nation as a whole.
Responsible development of America’s oil resources will play an important role in our energy portfolio for the foreseeable future. I believe that, if done correctly, with appropriate regulation and long-term oversight, the Keystone XL Pipeline project has the ability to create many goodpaying jobs in Montana, further American energy security, and add vitality to our rural communities.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
Missouri is already home to a portion of the Keystone Pipeline system. Since 2010, Phase 1 of the Keystone Pipeline system has carried Canadian oil sands across ten counties on its way from Canada to Illinois with 30 and 36 inch pipe, buried approximately four feet underground much like the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. Both my Department of Natural Resources and my Department of Public Safety oversee and coordinate the necessary safeguards to ensure the safe and efficient operation of this pipeline.
The approval and construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline will strengthen our economy, create jobs, and promote North American energy independence. Our experience in Missouri demonstrates that with the proper oversight and safeguards, these projects can help meet our energy needs, without compromising our responsibility to protect the environment.
Nebraska State Legislature
The Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest and in Nebraska’s interest. Our support stems from our state’s firsthand experience working on pipeline siting issues during a 2011 special legislative session; an understanding that the project will create jobs and boost the economy; will be the safest pipeline ever constructed; avoids Nebraska’s environmentally sensitive Sandhills; will result in an increase in local Nebraska property tax revenue; and, contributes greatly to the goal of achieving energy security for the United States.
The Keystone XL pipeline will avoid the area officially designated as the environmentally sensitive Nebraska Sandhills. This was an important, welcomed and necessary route change made voluntarily by TransCanada in response to public concerns voiced in Nebraska.
We strongly support approval of the pending permit application for an international border crossing for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. We believe construction and operation of the pipeline will benefit Nebraska and America.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant
North America is in the midst of an energy renaissance. Yet the United States lacks sufficient energy infrastructure to fully realize the benefits of this remarkable surge in oil production. Keystone XL will help solve our infrastructure constraints. By transporting more than 830,000 barrels of oil each day from domestic and Canadian resources, this pipeline will dramatically reduce our reliance on oil from unreliable and often unfriendly sources.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Pipelines have long been recognized as one of the safest ways to transport crude oil and petroleum products to market. Even so, TransCanada has agreed to unprecedented safety measures that go well beyond the usual pipeline requirements by the federal government.
It is also important to point out that the Keystone XL Pipeline will only further strengthen our relationship with our strongest trade partner, Canada. The U.S. Census Bureau has found that for every dollar the U.S. spends on Canadian products, Canadian purchase up to 89 cents of U.S. goods and services. That is a substantially better return than the 27 cents we receive when we purchase oil from Venezuela.
At a time when we could use a boost, the Energy Research Foundation concluded that the Keystone XL project could contribute $20 billion to the U.S. economy – and not a single dime of taxpayer funds would be needed for this stimulus plan.
Ohio House of Representatives
Our country has been fighting high unemployment rates throughout many parts of the United States, and we have an opportunity to support about 42,000 direct/indirect manufacturing and construction jobs by approving the Keystone XL Pipeline. The FSEIS highlights that approximately $2 billion of earnings throughout the United States will be generated and about $3.4 will be contributed to U.S. Gross Domestic Product. These are staggering figures that will benefit all American citizens.
Currently Gulf Coast refineries are reliant on OPEC oil for more than 60 percent of their crude oil imports. Much of this oil consists of heavier crude imports from Venezuela and the Middle East that cost more to transport. Keystone XL alone could displace all of the crude oil that these PADD III refiners import from Venezuela.
Michigan House of Representatives
The Keystone XL Pipeline will provide billions of dollars in infrastructure investment, create thousands of American jobs, and improve our energy security as we continue to develop an efficient, reliable energy policy for the future.
Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer:
On March 22, 2012 at TransCanada’s pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma, President Obama expedited the southern portion of KXL from Cushing to the Gulf Coast, which went into service in January of 2014. Its construction generated more than 11 million hours of labour completed by 4,844 workers. The northern portion of KXL is nearly double the length and is projected to result in a doubling of the hours of labour.
To read these letters and more in their entirety visit our Documents and Links section for letters of support, environmental and economic studies.
Five Reasons to Support Building the Keystone XL Pipeline
This project is the definition of shovel-ready. Almost overnight, Keystone XL could put 9,000 hard-working American men and women directly to work. The :U.S. State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (PDF, 4 MB) found that the project would support more than 42,000 direct and indirect jobs nationwide.
Learn more about Keystone XL jobs.
Keystone XL will contribute more than $3 billion towards U.S. GDP. Taxes paid by the project will greatly benefit the towns and counties it passes through. The :U.S. State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (PDF, 4 MB) showed Keystone XL will provide a substantial increase in tax revenues for counties along the pipeline route, with 17 of 27 expected to see increases of 10 percent or more.
Learn more about Keystone XL’s economic benefits.
Keystone XL connects the largest most sophisticated refining hub in the Gulf Coast with the third largest oil reserves on the planet and the second largest oil-producing region in the United States. Safe, secure access to domestic crude oil is key to ensuring long-term energy security. That’s exactly what Keystone XL provides.
Learn more about what Energy Security really means.
The State Department’s Final SEIS, and four previous environmental impact statements written over the past five years, containing more than 17,000 pages of scientific research, all reached a similar conclusion: Keystone XL would have minimal impact on the environment. Multiple scientific studies have also shown that Keystone XL and the development of the oil sands will not put the global climate in jeopardy.
Learn more about why Keystone XL is the right choice for the environment.
It has been well-established that pipelines are, by far, the safest mode of transportation for crude oil and natural gas. A recent Fraser Institute study shows that pipeline workers are less likely to be injured on the job and pipelines have fewer incidents per mile than trains and trucks. The State Department environmental impact reports have concluded that Keystone XL would have a degree of safety greater than any other crude oil pipeline in operation in the U.S. That’s because we’ve agreed to 59 additional special safety conditions that go above and beyond federal regulations. Crude oil needs to move from wells to the refineries. We have the responsibility to do that in the safest and most efficient way possible, no compromises.
Learn more in our Keystone XL blog post: Ten safety features of Keystone XL you might not have heard.
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