Twenty-two Democratic lawmakers, led by Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), voiced their support for approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project in a letter to President Obama on October 19. The letter highlights the importance of the project to the nation’s economy and our energy security.
The $20 billion investment will create 20,000 direct domestic jobs and 118,000 spin-off jobs. In addition, it will provide the United States with the opportunity to access reliable and affordable energy supplies from Canada, reducing our need to import crude oil from less stable countries and regions of the world.
The Keystone XL pipeline enjoys broad-based support from manufacturers (see the NAM comments to the State Department), labor unions, federal lawmakers, state officials and veterans’ groups. As the letter states, “America truly cannot afford to say ‘no’ to this privately funded, $20 billion, jobs-creating infrastructure project, which would bolster our economic, energy and national security.”
Alicia Meads is director of energy and resources policy, National Association of Manufacturers.