Posted January 19, 2012
In announcing his rejection of the Keystone XL permit, President Obama said:
"This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people. I'm disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision, but it does not change my Administration’s commitment to American-made energy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil."
Posted January 18, 2012
As the above relates to President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, the answer is clear: politics.
Even though the only question the president had to answer was whether the 1,700-mile project is in the national interest, he settled on a different calculus – re-election politics.
Jobs and energy security…or politics? He chose politics, while continuing to offer, as he did yesterday, that he’s for “American-made energy that creates jobs."
Yet, in his rejection of the Keystone XL the president is rejecting jobs – 20,000 of them in the pipeline’s construction phase and up to a half-million more over time, as the Keystone XL would play a major part in full utilization of Canada’s oil sands.
Posted January 18, 2012
I just read the best argument for the Keystone XL pipeline this morning:
“… the addition of crude oil pipeline capacity between Canada and the United States will advance a number of strategic interests of the United States. These included increasing the diversity of available supplies among the United States’ worldwide crude oil sources in a time of considerable political tension in other major oil producing countries and regions; shortening the transportation pathway for crude oil supplies; and increasing crude oil supplies from a major non-Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries producer.
Posted January 17, 2012
In an economy with more than 13 million Americans out of work, every potential new job matters, right? Wrong, according to some Keystone XL pipeline opponents.
Though the Keystone XL is the largest shovel-ready project around, the construction and permanent jobs it would create get little credit from people who oppose the pipeline or the Canadian oil sands crude it would carry – or both. This, from Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke, is pretty representative:
“Rather than bringing us energy security, it will transport dirty Canadian oil through America's heartlands – for delivery to China and other countries. Rather than bringing us prosperity, it will leave us with a legacy of poisoned lands and waters. All for, at most, 100 permanent jobs?”
Posted January 13, 2012
Compelling video from the office of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner that cuts to the heart of the case for approving the Keystone XL pipeline project
Posted January 12, 2012
From where we sit, a new White House report that gives substantial credit to natural gas production for recent growth in U.S. manufacturing looks pretty darn good. In this economy, lots of Americans surely would agree.
The report, “Investing in America: Building an Economy That Lasts,” notes the loss of 3 million manufacturing jobs from 2001-2007 – but then the addition of 334,000 of those jobs the past two years. That second number is due in no small part to the production of natural gas from shale through hydraulic fracturing. The White House:
Posted January 12, 2012
News that the United States was a net exporter of finished petroleum products last year prompts logical questions – and some wrongheaded commentary – about refining, the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and whether finished products should be leaving the country. Energy blogger Robert Rapier argues net exports are good news for the U.S. economy and quite reasonable in what is, in fact, a global market.
“This news did not sit well with some people, who argued that those exports could have been better used in the U.S. I read numerous comments from people angry that we are exporting fuel. In fact, one of the arguments against the Keystone Pipeline is that the fuel could end up being exported after it is refined. I don’t think the people who are making these arguments have thought this through very well.”
Posted January 10, 2012
Editor’s note: Guest post from the good folks at Energy Nation.
With less than 30 days until President Obama must decide whether or not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, the debate over this critical project continues to heat up in Washington. Once approved, the project will create 20,000 jobs, and bring secure supplies of oil from Canada and the U.S. upper Plains states to refineries on the Gulf coast. In order to win approval, API is working with our industry advocacy program, Energy Nation, to educate the industry community about the importance of this project.
Posted January 4, 2012
Challenge: Getting more Americans to see themselves as energy-issue voters in 2012.
Solution: API’s Vote 4 Energy campaign, launched today at the second State of American Energy event at Washington, D.C.’s Newseum.
In a keynote speech President and CEO Jack Gerard framed the energy-related issues upon which API hopes to engage Americans with the new informational campaign:
- America as an energy-rich nation.
- America’s oil and natural gas industry as a tremendous catalyst for job creation, economic growth and energy production.
- Energy as key to America’s future security.
Posted December 29, 2011