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Report Confirms That Keystone Will Have No Material Impact on Emissions

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Earlier this week, respected global engineering and research firm IHS CERA published a paper that concluded what the NAM and other supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline have been saying throughout this debate, which is “that the incremental GHG emissions from the [Keystone] pipeline would not be substantial.” The study, entitled “Keystone XL Pipeline: No Material Impact on U.S. GHG Emissions,” also reaffirms what others, State Department included, have been saying all along: heavy crude oils, including those from the Canadian oil sands, will continue to be refined whether or not the Keystone XL Pipeline is built.

On June 25 President Obama pledged in a climate speech that he would not approve the project if it would “significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.”  The President made these comments despite his State Department’s conclusion that the pipeline would have a minimum impact on GHG emissions. The President appears to be looking for a reason to say no, while the majority of Americans desperately want him to say yes!

The NAM continues to be a strong supporter of the Keystone XL project. We encourage the President to look at the facts and to make his decision based on what is in the best interest of the country knowing that this project will not substantially increase GHG emissions.

Fact-Checkers Give President Failing Grade on Keystone Claims

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President Obama made waves this week as he defied his own State Department by claiming the Keystone Pipeline would only create 2,000 jobs, while chuckling at the thought of such a low number.

Manufacturers and millions of unemployed Americans aren’t amused by his dismissal of the jobs-creating potential of this project. In addition to the 20,000 construction jobs that the pipeline would create, tens of thousands of jobs would be created in the supply chain.

These are the manufacturers that make the steel, valves, compressor stations and heavy equipment necessary to make the pipeline become a reality. Numerous economic opportunities associated with the pipeline would benefit other manufacturers, laborers, small businesses and communities throughout and around Keystone’s supply chain. The President’s comments conveniently ignore these facts.

Now, two national fact-checking organizations have rated the President’s claims as false.

According to the Washington Post Fact-Checker, by ignoring State Department Estimates that the Keystone Pipeline could support over 42,000 jobs a year the President “seems to be signaling that even his own government does not produce the most realistic estimate that should be used by reporters.”

The Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-check site PolitiFact notes that the President “went out of his way to downplay” the jobs impact of this project, and when asked provided “no supporting evidence.” PolitiFact also points out that the “the construction process itself would create nearly twice as many jobs as the President said.”

Americans are frustrated with Washington’s inaction, and the debate surrounding the Keystone XL is a prime example of inexcusable bureaucracy and Washington misdirection. It’s time for the Administration to complete its review and approve the pipeline to put Americans back to work.

The Keystone XL Pipeline Means Manufacturing Jobs

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We strongly disagree with the President’s comments that only 2,000 jobs would be created with the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Manufacturers are extremely disappointed by the President’s dismissal of the jobs-creating potential of the construction of this important project. In addition to the 20,000 construction jobs that the pipeline would create, 118,000 jobs would be created in the supply chain of the pipeline. These are manufacturing jobs to make the steel, valves, compressor stations and heavy equipment necessary to make the pipeline become a reality. The President’s comments ignore this important fact.

From a manufacturing perspective, the pipeline would provide a reliable and affordable supply, which would in return reduce energy costs for consumers. Manufacturers use one-third of this nation’s energy supply, so every dollar not spent on energy costs is a dollar that can be spent on expansion and additional jobs in our sector.

From a national security perspective, most Americans see the value in securing energy supplies from a friendly ally and neighbor so we can reduce our dependency on regimes that are hostile to our interests and our people.

Keystone XL needs to be approved for the good of our country’s competitiveness, our nation’s energy consumers, our national interests and especially the 138,000 Americans who desperately need the jobs that this project would create.

Manufacturers urge the President to put American jobs and U.S. competitiveness above politics and the unreasonable demands of special interests by expeditiously approving the international connection for Keystone XL.


Poll Shows Over Two-Thirds of Americans Support Keystone Pipeline

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While the Administration continues to stall on approval of the Keystone pipeline, a new poll released this week shows that more than two-thirds of Americans support building the project. The poll, published by United Technologies and National Journal, found that 67 percent of Americans support construction of the pipeline while only 24 percent oppose the project.

The Keystone XL pipeline is an essential part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy and will create thousands of jobs and enhance America’s energy security. That’s why the National Association of Manufacturers recently issued a NAM Key Vote Letter in support of H.R. 3, House legislation that would expedite approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

It’s past time that the administration ends the delays and stall-tactics and approves this job-creating project. The longer we wait for approval, the longer it delays the creation of thousands of high-paying manufacturing jobs for American workers.


News Reports Indicate President Will Reject Keystone Pipeline Today

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According to news reports, President Obama will formally reject the Keystone XL Pipeline project today. If the reports prove to be true, this is a deeply concerning development for manufacturers and our overall economy.

This project will create 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs and another study indicates that we would see an additional 118,000 indirect jobs. In such a time of high unemployment and economic difficulty, where is the logic in turning your back on a positive solution?

Keystone Pipeline Hearing in House

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A pipeline intended to transport oil from Canada through the middle of the United States must first run through Washington.  That’s the unfortunate reality that is holding up construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The pipeline will create jobs–thousands of them–and add billions to the economy, yet it continues to get tangled in red tape.  Optimism that the Administration would approve the pipeline by the end of this year has turned to frustration after President Obama announced a decision would wait until 2013.

This project has waited long enough.  When TransCanada (the company building the pipeline) filed for its permit, it expected a wait of about 23 months.  Now, it’s looking at a delay that could exceed 50 months.

That’s one of the points that will be made by TransCanada at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on the pipeline today. Other witnesses include representatives from organized labor, which also backs the project. You can watch the hearing here.

And earlier this year the House passed legislation that would force the President to make a decision by November 1.  It’s too late for that obviously, but Congress continues to press on.  A bill in the Senate would require a decision in 60 days–there’s more on that legislation in a post below.

The upside of this project is enormous–jobs, energy security, billions contributed to the U.S. economy.  So why wait?

A Clear Choice on Oil Sands

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Last week the State Department took a positive step on the long road to approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will bring oil supplies from Canada into the U.S. Construction of the pipeline seems like a no-brainer. We get access to reliable energy supplies from our neighbor and ally to the north—and, as an added benefit, construction of the pipeline will create 20,000 jobs and add billions to our economy.

The pipeline, however, has its detractors, who have “made Keystone into a cause celebre,” as Robert Samuelson puts it in today’s Washington Post.

He goes on:

Actually, the reality is more complex. If Obama rejects the pipeline, he would — perversely — increase greenhouse gas emissions. Canada has made clear that it will proceed with oil sands development regardless of the American decision. If the United States doesn’t want the oil, China and other Asian countries do. Pipelines would be built to the West Coast. Transporting the oil by tanker to Asia would almost certainly create more emissions than moving it by pipeline to closer U.S. markets.

Samuelson highlights the stark choice: “Do we say yes to oil sands? Or do we increase our exposure to unstable world oil markets?”

It’s past time for approval of this project, which has been awaiting the government’s sign-off since 2009.  Manufacturers—and everyone who depends on affordable, secure energy is waiting for the administration to move forward.