Posted April 12, 2013
To hear the other side, you’d think the Keystone XL pipeline project would be nearly 1,200 miles of all pain, no gain for the United States. No rewards? The U.S. State Department has reviewed the Keystone XL four times now and finds rewards aplenty. While Keystone XL opponents don’t like State’s fourth favorable analysis any more than they liked the previous three, they should pay attention nonetheless. Let’s go down the list:
Jobs: Opponents minimize the number and duration of Keystone XL-associated jobs. State says:“Including direct, indirect, and induced effects, the proposed Project would potentially support approximately 42,100 average annual jobs across the United States over a 1-to 2-year construction period
Posted April 9, 2013
The ad reinforces the main reasons the full Keystone XL project should get the green light from the president:
- Job creation – Approval of the full, 1,179-mile project could put thousands of Americans to work – more than 42,000 average annual U.S. jobs over the project’s construction period, according to a recent State Department analysis. As the president said recently, job-creation and a growing economy should be “true North” for policymakers. The Keystone XL is that true North.
Posted April 9, 2013
Collaborating with Chevron’s Energy Solutions, the City of Patterson is working to improve the city’s sustainability, including solar installations and energy efficiency programs that will reduce costs for consumers.
Wall Street Journal – India Is Ready for U.S. Natural Gas
There is “significant potential for U.S. exports of LNG to grow exponentially,” writes Nirapama Rao, India’s ambassador to the U.S. “The prospect of increased Indian investment in the U.S. natural-gas market will usher in a new era for a strong and mutually rewarding India-U.S. energy partnership.” (subscription publication)
Posted April 8, 2013
Posted April 2, 2013
New Pew Research Center polling shows a solid, consistent majority of Americans want the full Keystone XL pipeline built. The 66 percent favoring the project is unchanged from Pew’s survey of just over a year ago – despite the administration’s delay in approving it and misinformation campaigns from opponents.
hat Americans want the full Keystone XL built is reflected in poll after national poll:
- Pew (April 2013): 66 percent
- Rasmussen Reports (March 2013): 58 percent
- Harris Interactive (February 2013): 69 percent
- Fox News (February 2012): 67 percent
- Pew (February 2012): 66 percent
That's what national consensus looks like.
Posted April 1, 2013
The president gave a good speech on infrastructure late last week in Miami:
“There are few more important things we can do to create jobs right now and strengthen our economy over the long haul than rebuilding the infrastructure that powers our businesses and our economy. … As President, my top priority is to make sure we are doing everything we can to reignite the true engine of our economic growth – and that is a rising, thriving middle class. A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs – that’s got to be our true North. That's what has to guide our efforts every single day.”
We agree that job creation and the economic growth that comes with it should be our true North. The Keystone XL pipeline is that true North.
“When it comes to good jobs, no workers were hammered harder by the recession than construction workers. Fortunately, the unemployment rate for construction has been cut nearly in half over the past three years, partly because the housing market is starting to bounce back. But construction still has the highest unemployment rate of any industry. [Good construction jobs] end up giving people good pay and good opportunities to raise their families. Projects like this create a lot of other good jobs, too.”
Posted March 29, 2013
Before digging into some new misinformation about the job and economic impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline, let’s underscore a figure: 58 percent. That’s the share of likely U.S. voters who favor building the full Keystone XL, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll this week.
In public opinion terms, 58 percent is a slam dunk, a grand slam. Rasmussen says those who strongly favor the Keystone XL outnumber the strongly opposed by nearly three to one. Rasmussen’s finding is consistent with other Keystone XL surveys (Harris Interactive, Fox News, Pew Research). Americans want the full project built.
Posted March 28, 2013
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Posted March 19, 2013
New York Post – Blueblood Agenda
Governor Andrew Cuomo has put natural-gas development on hold yet again, plainly thanks to the power of New York’s environmental lobby, writes Tom Shepstone. But the real issue has nothing to do with the supposed health concerns cited by the opponents of “fracking.” No, the delay has been engineered by some extremely powerful special interests — New York’s bluebloods —at the expense of the hopes of land-owning and blue-collar New Yorkers.
NBC News – Power Shift: Energy Boom Dawning in America
In a turnaround that industry insiders describe as nothing short of amazing, the U.S. energy picture has drastically changed. Oil and natural gas drilling is now booming in places like Texas’ Eagle Ford, and the Bakken formation in North Dakota, bringing jobs and prosperity to those regions.