Today, the NAM submitted comments on behalf of manufacturers to the Department of State regarding the National Interest Determination for the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline. In the comments, the NAM notes manufacturers’ strong belief that the project should be approved: “based upon the totality of the evidence in the record, the Keystone XL Pipeline is clearly in the national interest and should receive a Presidential Permit as rapidly as possible.”
Manufacturers aren’t alone when it comes to Keystone. Recently, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons joined Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) President Terry O’Sullivan in calling for approval of the pipeline. LIUNA represents nearly 500 local union chapters in the United States and Canada, and according to O’Sullivan, “the Washington politics behind the delay of the Keystone XL pipeline are of little concern to those seeking the dignity of a good, high-paying job.”
Business leaders from sectors across the U.S. economy also recently sent a letter to President Obama noting that “we are at an inflection point in our economic recovery. Whether economic growth will remain modest or pick up speed will depend on maintaining investor confidence and strengthening America’s competitiveness. The decision on Keystone XL will affect both.” And just today, a new poll released by Washington Post and ABC showed that over 65 percent of the American public say the project should be approved.
The NAM concluded by highlighting the major impact that approval of the project would have: “Manufacturers are poised to move forward and lead this country’s economic recovery. Infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline will play an important role in getting our economy on track. When projects of this magnitude are undertaken, the economic impacts are substantial, invigorating a supply chain of companies of all sizes and all manufacturing sectors throughout the country. It is time to move forward and build. Manufacturers call on the Department of State to find that Keystone XL is in the national interest and promptly issue a Presidential Permit so that the project may commence construction.”