Posted May 10, 2013
Two of the most strategic energy partners for the United States are undoubtedly Mexico and Canada. With the right policies toward our energy neighbors – approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and the U.S.–Mexico Hydrocarbon Transboundary Agreement (TBA) - we have the potential to be North American energy self-sufficient by 2030 and enhance our energy security.
Keystone XL has drawn a lot of headlines, and it is well known that the project is in the national interest. Less well known is the U.S.–Mexico TBA.The U.S.–Mexico TBA will govern the treatment of resources in the Gulf of Mexico that are located near the maritime border with Mexico. Congress is currently reviewing the agreement and both the House and Senate have introduced implementing legislation.
Posted May 8, 2013
The folks at Oil Sands Fact Check have a new video that shows strong support for the Keystone XL pipeline from union members at a recent rally in Washington
“The Keystone XL pipeline does not require an act of Congress; it does not require an appropriation. It’s privately funded, it’s ready to go. All it needs is one last permit and we go to work.”
– Sean McGarvey, president, Building and Construction Trades Department (AFL-CIO)
Posted May 8, 2013
The Advocate – Our Views: Riches Await in the Gulf
The Baton Rouge, La., paper touts the energy potential in the Gulf of Mexico after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s recent visit to an offshore rig there. The editorial backs Jewell’s statement that “maintaining the public’s trust in the safety and environmental performance of oil and gas production is critically important as we continue to tap into the Gulf’s abundant resource potential.”
TribLIVE – How’s the Economy? Looking Up
Washington County, Pa., leads the greater Pittsburgh region in terms of economic development projects, energy production and job creation – thanks to natural gas development and hydraulic fracturing.
Posted May 7, 2013
In a guest column, Brigham McCown argues the benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline would extend beyond jobs and energy security to safety. According to government statistics, pipelines are the safest way to transport energy supplies, writes McCown.
U.S. News and World Report – Lawmakers: Natural Gas Exports Could Erode Political Might of U.S. Adversaries
U.S. News recaps today’s House Subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing, which focused on legislation that would expedite U.S. natural gas exports. Supporters say shipping natural gas to allies could strengthen diplomatic ties, undermine political leverage of adversaries, while also shaving the U.S. trade deficit and creating jobs.
Posted May 1, 2013
Each of the State Department’s four reviews of the Keystone XL pipeline – during the more than four years the project has been under consideration – focused primarily on the Keystone XL’s impacts on the environment: air, ground and surface water, wetlands, vegetation, wildlife and more. State went beyond the Keystone XL itself, evaluating the environmental impact of oil sands crude that would be delivered through it – as well as the impacts on Canada.
Bottom line: Each review came to the same conclusion – the Keystone XL’s construction and operation will not significantly impact the environment. From the most recent State assessment, issued in March:
The analyses of potential impacts associated with construction and normal operation of the proposed Project suggest that there would be no significant impacts to most resources along the proposed Project route …
Posted April 30, 2013
Bloomberg – Approve Keystone Now
Bloomberg’s editorial board argues that rather than encouraging more study on the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama should “now prod the State Department to move as fast as possible” to approve the project.
AEI Carpe Diem Blog – Texas Oil Output Continues
Mark J. Perry writes, “The exponential increase in Texas oil production over the last several years is nothing short of phenomenal, and is a direct result of … game-changing drilling technologies in America that have now revolutionized the nation’s production of shale oil.”
Posted April 25, 2013
The Keystone XL pipeline is squarely in President Obama’s court. He should approve the full project – for the jobs, economic lift and strengthened energy security this shovel-ready project would provide for our country. (Photo below by Joe Wertz/StateImpact Oklahoma)
Posted April 24, 2013
Let’s recap the economic reasons for construction of the full Keystone XL pipeline project, which has been waiting on the president’s approval for more than four years. According to the State Department’s most recent review Keystone XL would:
- Create 42,100 average annual jobs across the United States over its one- to two-year construction period.
- Generate $2.05 billion in employment earnings.
- Result in $3.3 billion in direct spending on construction and materials.
- Produce $65 million in short-term revenues for government from sales and use taxes in states that levy them.
Posted April 18, 2013
Listen to the pleas for approval of the full Keystone XL project – from people who’ve been waiting more than four years for the jobs and economic benefits construction of the pipeline would bring:
“We just want jobs. … A key part of the election was the economy. We need the jobs.”
“Delaying it any further is just harming the United States of America, and it’s harming the workers that are skilled and trained and ready to get to work.”
“Mr. President, I hope you stand behind your word and support labor, and you get behind the pipeline and you give American workers a job.”
“I’d have more money to support my family, I’d have a better Christmas, I’d have a better life.”
Posted April 15, 2013
The Hill – Energy Taxes Are No Budget Solution
Steve Forbes writes on The Hill’s Congress Blog that higher taxes on the oil and natural gas industry would cost jobs, lower energy production and actually reduce revenue to government over time. He cites a study showing that “a new tax on the industry would sacrifice 170,000 direct and indirect energy jobs by 2014.”
Houston Chronicle – It’s Wrong to Penalize the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
“Singling out our oil and natural gas industry for taxation penalizes producers,” writes the newspaper. “Bad guys? You mean the folks who employ our neighbors in good-paying jobs, contribute mightily to our tax base, civic life and sports and cultural/arts scenes? We don't think so.”