Energy Tomorrow Blog
Posted September 16, 2014
This week the Keystone XL pipeline reaches a dubious anniversary – six years waiting for the Obama administration to approve a shovel-ready, privately financed infrastructure project that would create jobs while strengthening America’s energy, economic and national security.
It has been an unfortunate, unnecessary wait. Such projects historically are approved by Washington in one to two years. In the six years Keystone XL has been left on hold by this White House, 10,000 miles of oil and natural gas pipelines have been built in the United States.
While Keystone XL languishes, Canada – our neighbor, friend and largest supplier of imported oil – gets the cold shoulder from an administration that has dithered, delayed and dumbfounded its way into obstructing a vital piece of energy infrastructure – pleasing a small minority instead of advancing the national interest.
Posted June 16, 2014
This week the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to vote on bipartisan legislation that would advance the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline – a $5.3 billion, privately financed infrastructure project that the U.S. State Department says would generate more than 42,000 jobs during its construction phase while contributing more than $3 billion to our economy.
Congress is acting because the administration has not – not in more than five years of review by the administration, during which the project has cleared five environmental reviews by the State Department. Congressional leadership on Keystone XL is about the administration’s lack of clear leadership on the Keystone XL.
As the vote approaches, API President and CEO Jack Gerard and Sean McGarvey, president of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, talked about the pipeline during a conference call. Both pointed to developments in Iraq and the ongoing standoff between Ukraine and Russia as reminders of how important it is for the United States to secure its energy future – and the significance of the Keystone XL in that equation.
Posted April 24, 2014
Americans support building the Keystone XL pipeline. A new Harris Poll shows that by nearly a 4-to-1 margin Americans agree the pipeline is in the national interest. By continuing to put off a decision on Keystone XL, the Obama administration is casting its lot with the 1. On this issue, a lonely number indeed. API’s Cindy Schild, during a conference call with reporters:
“Friday’s announcement by the administration seems to dismiss not only congressional support but American support as well. President Obama and his advisers have apparently determined to put their political interests over the national interest and side with a small group of activists led by a billionaire instead of the labor community and the vast majority of ordinary Americans, regardless of harm to the middle class.”
For all the talk from this administration about building up the middle class, its lack of action on Keystone XL is hurting middle-class Americans.
Posted March 28, 2014
The Keystone XL pipeline has been delayed by Washington way too long – more than five years and counting – but we haven’t lost our sense of humor.
At a Vets4Energy event supporting the Keystone XL, Gary Doer, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, recognizing the U.S. military veterans in the audience, remarked that the two countries are old friends. “Ever since the War of 1812 we’ve been allies together,” said Doer, noting the little war during which Canada helped the British. “I won’t get into that war, but …”
U.S. Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota good-naturedly cut him off: “We won that war!”
Posted March 26, 2014
A Vets4Energy press event in support of building the Keystone XL pipeline underscored the link between North American energy security – based on increased domestic production and a stronger partnership with Canada, our No. 1 source of imported oil – and national security. The pipeline would be a significant part of an energy strategy that could see 100 percent of the United States’ liquid fuel needs supplied domestically and from Canada by 2024.
This resonates with men and women whose mission often involves ensuring the safe flow of energy around the world. Retired Rear Admiral Don Loren:
“I believe that everybody realizes that there is a relationship between the flow of energy, the access to energy and national and international security. … Having unbounded energy resources, not (being) dependent on foreign energy sources, it gives us tremendous military strength and capability.”
Posted March 19, 2014
Independents, Republicans and Democrats want the Keystone XL pipeline built. That’s the bottom line in Pew Research Center’s latest poll. Overall, the pipeline enjoys strong support, with 61 percent in favor while 27 percent are opposed – consistent with previous Pew’s previous Keystone XL poll in September.
Look more closely, and Pew finds Keystone XL’s support bridges America’s political divide. Pew’s chart to the left shows that 84 percent of Republicans and 61 percent of Independents support the pipeline’s construction. More Democrats favor Keystone XL (49 percent) than oppose it (38 percent). This is what’s called a political “no-brainer.”
Posted March 7, 2014
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll on the Keystone XL pipeline adds to the drumbeat of strong public support for building the pipeline. The Post/ABC survey shows a nearly 3 to 1 margin, with 65 percent saying Keystone XL should be approved.
Posted December 12, 2013
U.S. voters continue to support approval of the full Keystone XL pipeline by strong, bipartisan majorities. A new Harris Interactive survey of 1,025 registered voters found that 72 percent agree it is in the United States’ national interest to approve the Keystone XL so it can deliver North American oil to U.S. refineries. In poll after poll, Americans have said: Build the Keystone XL.
Posted December 10, 2013
Saw the tweet from energy author/scholar Daniel Yergin on the startup of TransCanada’s Gulf Coast Pipeline, linking the crude oil hub in Cushing, Okla., with refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.
Certainly, the shot of President Obama standing in front of stacks of steel pipe last year is a reminder that he went to Oklahoma to illustrate his administration’s support for the 485-mile project.
Yet, commercial startup of the project also reminds that the Gulf Coast Pipeline is part of the larger Keystone XL project, which would allow more Canadian oil sands to be delivered to U.S. refiners. The Keystone XL’s northern portion remains on the drawing board and workers idle on the sidelines after more than five years of federal review.
Posted July 23, 2013
Check in with a policy briefing on the Keystone XL’s national interest and security implications, hosted by The Hill: