The oil sands is a natural geologic formation that contains a mixture of water, clay, sand and heavy, viscous oil called bitumen. These deposits are found in about 70 countries in the world, with the largest reserves located in Canada.
Poll after poll has shown that Americans overwhelmingly want Keystone XL to be built and that support for the pipeline is “almost universal.” But that’s not surprising: as Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) put it, the “list of reasons to build [Keystone XL] is now nearly as long as the pipeline itself.”
Oil sands development and the Keystone XL pipeline will create thousands of jobs and generate billions in wages and benefits for hard working Americans. That’s why union and labor groups have called Keystone XL a “lifeline” for workers and held rallies across the country to tell President Obama to approve the pipeline.
President Obama declared in a 2013 climate speech that Keystone XL would need to pass a “climate test,” which means the pipeline must not significantly exacerbate greenhouse gas emissions. From the State Department to prominent research institutions to the findings of climate and energy experts, the scientific evidence is overwhelming that Keystone XL passes the president’s climate test — and with flying colors.
Oil sands development and Keystone XL will greatly enhance our energy security, giving the United States the chance to replace hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil from unstable regions of the world with oil from our ally and trusted neighbor, Canada. That’s why prominent national security advisors and energy experts have called on President Obama to approve Keystone XL.
Pipelines are widely acknowledged to be among the safest and most efficient means of moving energy products overland for long distances. Keystone XL will go above and beyond the requirements of any other pipeline, adopting 59 extra safety measures. As the State Department put it, Keystone XL will “have a degree of safety over any other.”