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API: Keystone XL Shovel-ready for Six Years and Counting
September 19, 2014

American Petroleum Institute President & CEO Jack Gerard once again urged President Obama to finally approve the Keystone XL pipeline, noting that six years ago Friday the initial application for the project was submitted to the State Department.

“How many more anniversaries of KXL delays will American workers have to endure,” said Gerard. “President Obama continues to stand in the way of the tens of thousands of jobs this pipeline would create. Refining more Canadian oil at American refineries is a no brainer. Or it certainly should be, whether you look at the project’s benefits or the administration’s own studies. It will help displace oil from unstable parts of the world while enhancing our national and economic security. Americans overwhelmingly support building the Keystone XL pipeline.

“Leadership on sound energy policy is sorely needed in Washington. If after six years and five federal reviews, the White House refuses to take charge to secure our energy future, then Congress must act. Voters have embraced the North American energy boom and it’s about time their elected officials listen up.

“The KXL political gridlock will be part of the president’s legacy on how not to conduct infrastructure assessments, on how not to bring about job creation, on how not to secure ties with your top ally and trading partner, and certainly on how not to set sound foreign policy signals toward a strong and vibrant energy and national security state. Americans need to know their government can make a decision that is in the country’s best interest.”

Source: American Petroleum Institute

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