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Clinton And Obama’s Rejection Of Keystone Pipeline Will Cost Thousands Of Jobs

- November 13, 2015

Obama Rejected The Keystone XL Pipeline. “Ending a seven-year political saga, President Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it would have undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal at the center of his environmental legacy.” (Josh Lederman, “Obama Quashes Keystone XL In Bid To Boost Climate Leverage,” The Associated Press, 11/6/15)

Obama’s Rejection Follows Announced Opposition From Clinton As She Seeks The Democratic Nomination. “Obama’s decision follows Clinton’s announced opposition to the pipeline as she seeks to win the Democratic nomination. In rejecting the pipeline in 2015, the president ends suspense over a matter important to his party’s frontrunner as she shores up donors, endorsements and voter support. The announcement, in effect, revives the very political cudgel Obama bemoaned, uniting his party behind energy and climate policies that are meant to contrast sharply with those of the Republican Party.” (Alexis Simendinger, “Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline, Ending 7-Year Process,” Real Clear Politics, 11/6/15)

The Keystone XL Pipeline Would Have Created Tens Of Thousands Of Jobs And Boost America’s Energy Security

According The State Department’s 2014 Environmental Impact Statement, 42,100 Jobs Would Be Created During Construction Of The Keystone Pipeline. “During construction, proposed Project spending would support approximately 42,100 jobs (direct, indirect, and induced), and approximately $2 billion in earnings throughout the United States.” (U.S. Department Of State, Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, January 2014)

The Keystone XL Pipeline Will Carry Up To 100,000 Barrels A Day From North Dakota And Montana’s Bakken Shale, Discrediting The Myth That This Pipeline Is Only For Foreign Oil. “Finally, note that Obama said Keystone was just for Canadian oil, and ‘we should be focusing on American infrastructure for American jobs and American producers.’ But actually, Keystone would help U.S. oil producers in North Dakota and Montana. TransCanada, the builder of the pipeline, has signed contracts to move 65,000 barrels a day from the Bakken area –and hopes to build that to 100,000. That’s nearly 10 percent of the region’s production.” (Glenn Kessler, “Obama’s Claim That Keystone XL Oil ‘Bypasses The U.S.’ Earns Four Pinocchios,” The Washington Post, 3/2/15)

The Keystone XL Pipeline Would Help The United States Wean Itself From Middle Eastern And Venezuelan Oil – Countries That Export More Than Three Million Barrels Of Oil Per Day To The U.S. “Canada is already the top supplier of oil to the U.S., at more than two million barrels per day. Keystone XL will increase this by more than 700,000 barrels per day and will also provide refineries with greater access to domestic U.S. oil production from the Bakken. Keystone XL is not about energy versus the environment – it’s simply about where Americans get their oil. Persian Gulf countries and Venezuela contribute three million barrels per day of imports. These countries are far less stable and more expensive sources of foreign oil than Canada, which is America’s largest trading partner and ally.” (Glenn Kessler, “Keystone XL Pipeline Ad Suggests Canadian Crude Will Reduce ‘Reliance On Foreign Energy,’” The Washington Post, 11/20/13)


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