When President Obama spoke about the Keystone pipeline earlier this week, I was hopeful that he would announce his support for it. But unfortunately, we are still waiting for a decision to break ground on a project that will create thousands of jobs and the energy we need to fuel our economy.
You know just as well as I do that the list of reasons to approve the Keystone Pipeline is now almost as long as the pipeline itself.
The Keystone pipeline is estimated to create more than 9,000 construction jobs, bring $5.3 billion in investment to the U.S., and increase our energy security.
Canada is going to produce this oil one way or another. The question is: Who are they going to send it to? Are they going to send it to their good friend, the United States, to our refineries in Texas and Louisiana? Or are they going to use foreign tankers to ship the oil to China, posing a greater risk for spills and increasing even further the emissions the administration seeks to curtail?