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Lost Infrastructure is Lost Opportunity for Local Businesses and Communities

keystone xl  pipeline expansion  infrastructure 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted February 11, 2021

In the public debate over natural gas and oil pipelines, it’s often underappreciated how much infrastructure projects boost local economies and support “induced” jobs – those based on the spending of industry workers and associated suppliers and contractors. Losing these benefits is felt by all kinds of businesses and service sectors along the route of the canceled Keystone XL pipeline.

The industry shares President Biden’s goal of getting Americans back to work, and the U.S. can accelerate job creation by addressing the nation’s critical need for more energy infrastructure. Unfortunately, the decision to halt Keystone XL construction undermines the “Build Back Better” plan and hurts small communities and their residents.

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Pipeline Infrastructure as a Bipartisan Issue

infrastructure  pipelines  keystone xl  safe operations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 9, 2021

As the White House considers where it stands on existing and future pipeline projects that bring the nation’s abundant domestic natural gas and oil – as well as products made from them – to where consumers need them, it should factor in that building and operating pipelines create and support tens of thousands of jobs, generate bipartisan support in Congress and are coveted by working men and women in America’s labor unions.

Exhibit A is last week’s U.S. Senate vote supporting the Keystone XL pipeline, the huge infrastructure project President Biden canceled his first day in office – and with it more than 1,000 union jobs. Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana made support for the project bipartisan, and Manchin this week wrote a letter to the president asking him to reconsider his decision. ...

While Senate budget votes are largely symbolic, last week's vote has meaning going forward as the administration weighs other pipeline projects – projects that create jobs and help ensure the affordability and reliability of U.S. energy.

Exhibit B: Remarks by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in an Axios on HBO interview, critical of the president's Keystone XL cancellation.

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Early Missteps on Energy are Blows to Economy, Security

white house  keystone xl pipeline  federal leases  economic growth  jobs  us energy security 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 25, 2021

It’s unfortunate that the Biden administration’s first couple of energy decisions – effectively canceling the Keystone XL pipeline and signaling it will halt new federal natural gas and oil leasing – work against economic growth and could undermine the nation’s energy security.

With the U.S. economy struggling to recover from the pandemic, there could hardly be a worse time for actions that kill jobs, potentially increase energy costs and cause the U.S. to import more oil.

Sure, the president promised these things during the campaign. Yet, it’s disappointing nonetheless that thousands of U.S. workers associated with building the Keystone XL are now without jobs and that a federal leasing ban could start a new era of increasing U.S. energy dependence. Coincidentally, the administration just unveiled its “Buy American” initiative. What about energy? How about “Buy American Energy”?

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Build Back Better ... Now

keystone xl  pipelines  jobs  canada 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 6, 2020

Building new pipelines means jobs. Good jobs. That’s the takeaway from a recent announcement that $1.6 billion in contracts have been awarded to six U.S. union contractors to build 800 miles of the Keystone XL pipeline in three states.

TC Energy, the pipeline’s builder, said the awards represent more than 7,000 union jobs in 2021, with additional 2021 contracts to be announced that will push the jobs number north of 8,000. ...  This is good work for American workers who value employment associated with the natural gas and oil industry.

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Keystone XL's New Labor Agreement and the Politics of Pipelines

keystone xl pipeline  safe operations  jobs  labor unions  economic growth 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 7, 2020

News item from Bloomberg: TC Energy Corp. has reached agreements with four labor unions to build the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline – a move that could amplify political pressure on Joe Biden, who has threatened to rip up permits for the project even as he courts blue-collar workers.

Details in the announcement from TC Energy, Keystone XL’s builder: The project labor agreement (PLA) is with the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA), the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the International Union of Operating Engineers, and the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA); Keystone XL will have 10,000 high-paying construction jobs, primarily filled by union workers; 2,000 unionized workers will start building some of the project’s 28 planned U.S. pump stations this fall, according to Bloomberg.

Overall, Keystone XL is projected to support 42,000 U.S. jobs and generate $2 billion in earnings for U.S. workers during pipeline construction, according to the U.S. State Department, which also found that the project won’t significantly impact climate or the environment.


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Keystone XL's Construction is Good for U.S., U.S. Energy

keystone xl pipeline  jobs  us energy security  canadian oil sands  economic growth 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 2, 2020

TC Energy’s announcement that it will proceed with building the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline is a big deal in terms of vital energy for America, jobs, economic growth and North American security. The 1,210-mile pipeline – able to safely deliver 830,000 barrels per day from Canada’s oil sands region in Alberta to the U.S. heartland – figures to be a significant, long-awaited progress toward helping secure this country’s future energy needs.

I say “long-awaited” because my first API writing assignment was about the KXL – nearly nine years ago!

Over that time the pipeline became a political football – a debate in which the basic facts were mostly incontestable: thousands of good jobs during KXL’s construction, tens of millions of dollars in property and income tax revenues to different levels of government and no significant effect on the climate or environment, according to the U.S. State Department, which conducted six comprehensive scientific reviews.

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Keystone XL Clears Final Regulatory Hurdle

keystone xl pipeline  infrastructure  us energy security  jobs  nebraska 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 20, 2017

The Nebraska Public Service Commission’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline is a significant milestone for a project that would enhance crude oil delivery from Canada to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast while also increasing U.S. energy security. The decision’s immediate significance is to underscore the validity of using of established processes to debate, review and decide large energy infrastructure projects like Keystone XL.

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Videos: Keystone XL Construction and Families

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 11, 2017

With Nebraska’s Public Service Commission nearing a decision by late next month on whether the Keystone XL pipeline is in the public interest, it’s important to connect the pipeline’s construction with the people eager to build it and their families. We talked with some of these Americans earlier this year in Omaha. 

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Keystone XL and the Nebraska Good

keystone xl pipeline  nebraska  jobs  economic benefits 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 8, 2017

Keystone XL would be more than numbers. It would be paychecks to individual households in the Heartland. Those paychecks would help workers afford mortgages, groceries, their utilities and more. The project would support local stores, restaurants, hotels and other businesses – each one of those connected to the livelihoods of individual Nebraskans.

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Keystone XL for Growth, Jobs, Security

keystone xl  pipelines  infrastructure  jobs  economic growth  us energy security 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 24, 2017

With the Trump administration making good on its pledge to expeditiously approve the Keystone XL pipeline, we can look at the project for what it would be – a significant piece of North American energy infrastructure that holds the promise of supporting broad economic growth and strengthening American energy security. 

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