*View the video HERE
This morning, as the U.S. State Department commences its hearing in Nebraska on the Keystone XL pipeline, Oil Sands Fact Check released a new video, titled, “A Boon to the U.S. Economy: A Message to the President,” featuring Nebraska labor union members and manufacturers calling on President Obama to approve Keystone XL.
After more than four and half years of review, the time has come for President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that will create thousands of jobs and strengthen America’s energy and national security. In fact, with the Keystone XL pipeline, our crude imports from Canada could reach 4 million barrels a day by 2020, twice what we currently import from the Persian Gulf. This makes good economic sense, as Canada is the United States largest trade partner, generating nearly 90 cents in return for every dollar the U.S. invests in its northern neighbor.
The final step of this process is for the State Department to determine whether the Keystone XL pipeline is in our national interest. From a national security standpoint, this should be more than obvious: importing oil from our closest trading partner, Canada, as opposed to less friendly regions, is very much in our interest. As is stated in the video, Keystone XL offers a safe, practical way to make America more secure, both at home and abroad.
Mr. President, now is the time to approve Keystone XL.
- The Keystone XL debate returns to Nebraska with more project supporters and fewer substantive points to deny it.