The National Association of Manufacturers and other business groups have sent a letter today to President Obama urging him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline as soon as possible. Provisions included in the payroll tax extension legislation that passed in December gave the President 60 days to approve the permit.
The project has been under review for more than three years and the State Department conducted more than 100 public meetings on the project.
Keystone XL construction will immediately create manufacturing jobs throughout the U.S. Numbers released as recently as yesterday show that the projects construction will create 7,000 manufacturing jobs.
Manufacturers are large consumers of energy, consuming more than one-third of our nation’s energy supply. This makes access to affordable sources of energy extremely important to manufacturers. Keystone XL will help keep energy costs low for manufacturers, which helps them better compete, grow and create new quality jobs.
Excerpt from the letter:
The undersigned organizations urge you to approve the Keystone XL pipeline as soon as possible. With your approval, this shovel-ready project will provide 20,000 jobs in construction and manufacturing in the next two years, and add tens of thousands of additional jobs throughout the economy in other sectors including service, retail and distribution. With our nation’s stubbornly high unemployment, it would be irresponsible to let such good-paying jobs slip away.
We hope that the President will approve the project as soon as possible so we can get Americans back to work.
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