Energy Tomorrow Blog
Posted April 25, 2013
The Keystone XL pipeline is squarely in President Obama’s court. He should approve the full project – for the jobs, economic lift and strengthened energy security this shovel-ready project would provide for our country. (Photo below by Joe Wertz/StateImpact Oklahoma)
Posted April 24, 2013
Let’s recap the economic reasons for construction of the full Keystone XL pipeline project, which has been waiting on the president’s approval for more than four years. According to the State Department’s most recent review Keystone XL would:
- Create 42,100 average annual jobs across the United States over its one- to two-year construction period.
- Generate $2.05 billion in employment earnings.
- Result in $3.3 billion in direct spending on construction and materials.
- Produce $65 million in short-term revenues for government from sales and use taxes in states that levy them.
Posted April 18, 2013
Listen to the pleas for approval of the full Keystone XL project – from people who’ve been waiting more than four years for the jobs and economic benefits construction of the pipeline would bring:
“We just want jobs. … A key part of the election was the economy. We need the jobs.”
“Delaying it any further is just harming the United States of America, and it’s harming the workers that are skilled and trained and ready to get to work.”
“Mr. President, I hope you stand behind your word and support labor, and you get behind the pipeline and you give American workers a job.”
“I’d have more money to support my family, I’d have a better Christmas, I’d have a better life.”
Posted April 15, 2013
The Hill – Energy Taxes Are No Budget Solution
Steve Forbes writes on The Hill’s Congress Blog that higher taxes on the oil and natural gas industry would cost jobs, lower energy production and actually reduce revenue to government over time. He cites a study showing that “a new tax on the industry would sacrifice 170,000 direct and indirect energy jobs by 2014.”
Houston Chronicle – It’s Wrong to Penalize the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
“Singling out our oil and natural gas industry for taxation penalizes producers,” writes the newspaper. “Bad guys? You mean the folks who employ our neighbors in good-paying jobs, contribute mightily to our tax base, civic life and sports and cultural/arts scenes? We don't think so.”
Posted April 12, 2013
To hear the other side, you’d think the Keystone XL pipeline project would be nearly 1,200 miles of all pain, no gain for the United States. No rewards? The U.S. State Department has reviewed the Keystone XL four times now and finds rewards aplenty. While Keystone XL opponents don’t like State’s fourth favorable analysis any more than they liked the previous three, they should pay attention nonetheless. Let’s go down the list:
Jobs: Opponents minimize the number and duration of Keystone XL-associated jobs. State says:“Including direct, indirect, and induced effects, the proposed Project would potentially support approximately 42,100 average annual jobs across the United States over a 1-to 2-year construction period
Posted April 9, 2013
The ad reinforces the main reasons the full Keystone XL project should get the green light from the president:
- Job creation – Approval of the full, 1,179-mile project could put thousands of Americans to work – more than 42,000 average annual U.S. jobs over the project’s construction period, according to a recent State Department analysis. As the president said recently, job-creation and a growing economy should be “true North” for policymakers. The Keystone XL is that true North.
Posted April 9, 2013
Collaborating with Chevron’s Energy Solutions, the City of Patterson is working to improve the city’s sustainability, including solar installations and energy efficiency programs that will reduce costs for consumers.
Wall Street Journal – India Is Ready for U.S. Natural Gas
There is “significant potential for U.S. exports of LNG to grow exponentially,” writes Nirapama Rao, India’s ambassador to the U.S. “The prospect of increased Indian investment in the U.S. natural-gas market will usher in a new era for a strong and mutually rewarding India-U.S. energy partnership.” (subscription publication)
Posted April 8, 2013
Posted April 2, 2013
New Pew Research Center polling shows a solid, consistent majority of Americans want the full Keystone XL pipeline built. The 66 percent favoring the project is unchanged from Pew’s survey of just over a year ago – despite the administration’s delay in approving it and misinformation campaigns from opponents.
hat Americans want the full Keystone XL built is reflected in poll after national poll:
- Pew (April 2013): 66 percent
- Rasmussen Reports (March 2013): 58 percent
- Harris Interactive (February 2013): 69 percent
- Fox News (February 2012): 67 percent
- Pew (February 2012): 66 percent
That's what national consensus looks like.
Posted April 1, 2013
The president gave a good speech on infrastructure late last week in Miami:
“There are few more important things we can do to create jobs right now and strengthen our economy over the long haul than rebuilding the infrastructure that powers our businesses and our economy. … As President, my top priority is to make sure we are doing everything we can to reignite the true engine of our economic growth – and that is a rising, thriving middle class. A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs – that’s got to be our true North. That's what has to guide our efforts every single day.”
We agree that job creation and the economic growth that comes with it should be our true North. The Keystone XL pipeline is that true North.
“When it comes to good jobs, no workers were hammered harder by the recession than construction workers. Fortunately, the unemployment rate for construction has been cut nearly in half over the past three years, partly because the housing market is starting to bounce back. But construction still has the highest unemployment rate of any industry. [Good construction jobs] end up giving people good pay and good opportunities to raise their families. Projects like this create a lot of other good jobs, too.”