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Private Infrastructure and POTUS

keystone xl pipeline  infrastructure  president obama  canadian oil sands  economic growth  environmental review  domestic energy production 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 5, 2014

Speaking to business executives earlier this week, President Obama lamented how long it takes to make infrastructure improvements in the U.S.:

“The challenge for infrastructure has been that … it’s hard to pay for things if you don’t have some sort of revenue stream. And I’ve been exploring … to see how we can do more in attracting private investment into infrastructure construction – which is done fairly effectively in a lot of other countries …”

Later, he praised the Chinese for how quickly they tackle infrastructure needs:

“… the one thing I will say is that if they need to build some stuff, they can build it. And over time, that wears away our advantage competitively. It’s embarrassing – you drive down the roads, and you look at what they’re able to do.”

For more than six years one of the largest infrastructure projects to come along in some time has been staring back at President Obama, waiting for him to say “go”: the Keystone XL pipeline.

By now many Americans – who favor Keystone XL’s construction by more than a 3-to-1 margin – probably can tick off the points arguing for the project’s approval.

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On Keystone XL: Engineers, Scientists and Experts Say Yes

keystone xl pipeline  environmental review  public opinion 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 13, 2014

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Mary Landrieu says her panel will have a vote next week on the Keystone XL pipeline – now in its sixth year of federal review. The announcement prompted this statement from the office of Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado:

“If the Keystone XL pipeline were being routed through our state, Coloradans would want to know the decision was being made on the merits — and not congressional meddling. … That’s why Sen. Udall intends to again reject the notion that lawmakers know better than the engineers, scientists and experts whose responsibility it is to evaluate the pipeline application on its merits.”

Which is wrong, wrong, wrong.

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The Keystone XL Pipeline: ‘We Need It Now”

keystone xl pipeline  energy  job creation  environmental review 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 9, 2013

We’re working on a new ad in support of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The ad reinforces the main reasons the full Keystone XL project should get the green light from the president:

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Simply True – The Benefits of Keystone XL

energy  environmental review  keystone xl pipeline  oil sands 

John Felmy
Posted March 18, 2013

Last Thursday approval of the Keystone XL pipeline came up during the House Minority Leader Weekly Briefing.  Here is what Rep. Pelosi had to say, via CSPAN transcript

THEY WERE INTERVIEWING SOMEBODY FROM THE AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE. AND HE SAID, OH, THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS. THAT'S NOT TRUE. ENERGY IN OUR COUNTRY, YOU KNOW THIS IS ALL FOR EXPORT. SO WHATEVER YOU THINK ABOUT IT, I KNOW I WANT TO SEE WHAT THE REPORT IS FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT ON IT AND SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT IT, BUT -- THE OIL IS FOR EXPORT. THERE AREN'T THAT MANY JOBS CONNECTED WITH IT. 

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More Drilling Delays Announced

access  deepwater drilling  domestic energy  energy demand  energy policy  government  interior department  offshore drilling  offshore drilling ban  offshore drilling moratorium  deepwater wells  environmental review 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 9, 2010

The administration is erecting more roadblocks to offshore drilling. According to published reports, the government will require an environmental assessment for each and every deepwater well. It also plans to extend the government's timeframe for exploration plan review from 30 to 90 days. 

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