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Keystone XL: Safe for Our Country

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Mark Green

Mark Green
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)

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Keystone XL: For Our Economy

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Mark Green

Mark Green
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.

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Jobs, the Economy and the Keystone XL Pipeline

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Mark Green

Mark Green
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.”

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Energy Today – April 15, 2013

hydraulic fracturing  fracking  keystone xl pipeline  natural gas  revenue  taxes 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
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 ChronicleIt’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.”

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Keystone XL’s Ample Rewards: Jobs, Energy, Prosperity

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Mark Green

Mark Green
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

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The Keystone XL Pipeline: ‘We Need It Now”

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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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Energy Today – April 9, 2013

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Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 9, 2013

Penn EnergyCalifornia City “Goes Green” with Chevron Energy Solutions

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 JournalIndia 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)

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Energy Today – April 8, 2013

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Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 8, 2013

Wall Street Journal – The 1 Percent Keystone Confusion “The 1%-ers writing checks to Mr. Obama loathe the pipeline. The folks who need and want it are the 99%. They're the working stiffs who are ‘struggling to get by’ in this economy.” –Editorial Fort-Worth Star-Telegram – Once Unprofitable West Texas Oil Play Now Booming Thanks to innovations in hydraulic fracturing and natural gas development, the Spraberry/Wolfcamp shale play in West Texas has roughly quadrupled its oil production since 2003 – producing more than 220,000 barrels a day.

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Pew: 66% Support Keystone XL Pipeline

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Mark Green

Mark Green
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:

That's what national consensus looks like.

 

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Our ‘True North’ for Jobs: Keystone XL Pipeline

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Mark Green

Mark Green
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.”

And:

“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.”

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.

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