The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

A Show of Hands on Oil Sands

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 17, 2011

A few weeks ago we released national poll results that showed:

"Voters feel better about importing oil from Canada knowing that Canadian oil sands development and the Keystone XL pipeline will bring significant job creation here in the U.S. for Americans and increase our nation's energy security"

Specifically:

  • Most Americans (79 percent) feel that more U.S. imports of oil should come from Canada.
  • Eighty percent believe U.S. policies should support use of Canadian oil sands and should allow pipelines to transport the oil into America.
  • Almost nine out of ten voters felt better about importing oil from Canada knowing that Canada is a friendly ally and neighbor here in North America, and that the Keystone XL Pipeline will immediately create up to 20,000 jobs for Americans here in the U.S.

Since then the administration punted on the Keystone XL leaving workers who desperately need jobs in the lurch. The administration has protested (too much) that safety concerns were the reason for yet more delay on job creation, but the punditry was not fooled. And as the below "Show of Hands" poll shows neither was the public. It is time to stop putting politics above jobs and start putting Americans back to work. showofhands.jpg

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.