Myth vs. Fact: Keystone Debate

MYTH: The Keystone debate is a pure political play and a partisan issue.

FACT: The Keystone XL debate has in fact turned into a political issue – one that fosters bipartisan support and consideration of all economic and environmental impacts. In April 2012, a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives voted in support of the construction of the Keystone XL – the fifth time the House has backed the project[1]. Many unions — including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Teamsters, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters for the United States and Canada and others — are also strongly in favor of the project the jobs it will create.[2]

Support is found beyond Washington too. A recent Gallup poll found that Americans support Keystone by a nearly 2-1 margin.[3] Moreover, 80 percent of Americans believe U.S. policies should support the use of oil from the Canadian oil sands.[4]

[1] The Hill, “House clears highway bill …,” 18 April 2012

[2] The Hill, “Labor union quits alliance with greens over Keystone pipeline,” 20 Jan 2012

[3] Gallup, “Americans Favor Keystone XL Pipeline,” 22 March 2012

[4] Harris Interactive/API/CAPP poll, 12 April 2011

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