It’s Time to Build the Keystone XL Pipeline
The Keystone XL pipeline is a line in the sand issue, dividing those who want to utilize our energy resources to create jobs and propel America toward economic growth and energy self-sufficiency and those whose sole goal is to stop the development of fossil fuels.
There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground, which is why it is so perplexing that President Obama has yet to make a decision on the project after weighing the issue for over four years.
The pipeline, if fully constructed, would be able to carry nearly a million barrels of oil per day, bringing supplies from the oil sands region of Alberta, Canada, as well as U.S. crude from the Bakken oil fields being developed in North Dakota and Montana.
A report from the Department of Energy estimates that the increased energy supplies and gains in energy efficiency could essentially eliminate U.S. dependence on Middle East oil.
This pipeline could tip the global oil market’s balance of power in North America’s favor, taking back this power from politically unstable regions of the world.
This is welcome, real progress for America. But progress for the environmental extremists is to hold back this opportunity and the power of our energy abundance through review, regulation and red tape.
Just as Keystone has become a rallying cry for environmentalists, it has also become a rallying cry for American workers.
Construction of the pipeline would support the creation of tens of thousands of jobs across several different sectors of the economy.