WASHINGTON, November 15, 2012 – API Executive Vice President Marty Durbin told reporters this morning that American voters have shown strong support for building the Keystone XL pipeline and that the project represents an early and major opportunity for President Obama to boost job creation and spur economic growth:
“President Obama campaigned on job creation and on an all-of-the-above energy strategy, including more oil and natural gas. And our exit polls last week showed that’s where voters are as well:
- 73% support more American production of oil and natural gas
- 91% believe that production will lead to more American jobs, and
- 75% support building the Keystone XL Pipeline
So as the president looks for opportunities to provide a quick boost to the economy and strengthen our energy security, we again urge him to approve the full Keystone XL Pipeline as soon as possible.
“The government’s own projections show that oil and natural gas will continue to provide a majority of our energy for decades to come. So if we can source more of that energy from right here in North America while creating jobs and generating government revenue, approving the Keystone XL pipeline should be an easy decision. Given the project had the support of bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate, the president should give voters what they asked for and approve the project at the earliest possible opportunity.”
API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America’s technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 500 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.