When it comes to producing jobs, economic growth, energy security and more affordable gasoline prices for struggling Americans, the pending Keystone XL pipeline project includes some history worth repeating.
TransCanada, a Canadian energy company, has proposed the Keystone XL pipeline expansion to carry nearly a million additional barrels of oil from Alberta to U.S. refineries in the Midwest and Gulf Coast. The pipeline would create thousands of direct and indirect jobs and give Americans access to long-term, safe North American energy supplies.
Keystone XL could play a role in moderating high gas prices by increasing the supply of crude oil. Millions of hardworking Americans are feeling pain at the pump and we should do everything we can to expand access to stable and affordable energy supplies.
The project is more than safe. It has been the subject of extensive environmental reviews, all of which demonstrate it will follow strict safeguards to protect the public interest. This month the State Department confirmed in its exhaustive Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement that the pipeline would have negligible environmental impact.
For these reasons, the project enjoys broad public support.