What They’re Saying: Keystone XL

With the election behind us and a decision from Nebraska on the reroute plan expected in short order, voices are growing in number and volume in support of final federal approval for the Keystone XL pipeline. While rumors continue to fly that the project won’t see full approval until March or April of 2013, lawmakers and landowners alike are making their support for the pipeline – and for the Canadian oil it will transport – known widely.

Here’s what they’re saying about the Keystone XL pipeline:

“It’s just a no-brainer. Canada is going to export this oil. It’s either going to come to the U.S. or it’s going to go to Russia or China. Even Democrats that aren’t really excited about oil and gas development generally can figure that out.” –Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Associated Press, 12/1/12

“Next door you have a neighbor that is oil rich and the question for America is how much Canadian oil do you want? Keystone XL is not only important to Canada, it’s important to the U.S.” – John Prato, Consul General of Canada in the U.S., Manhattan Institute Panel, 12/3/12

“The bitumen is coming out of the ground one way or another. Obama should ensure it goes to the U.S. and not the Far East. The administration has long said it would make a decision by the first quarter of 2013. We see no reason it shouldn’t do so before the end of the year.” –Bloomberg Editorial Board. 11/13/12

“The election is over, people want us to work together to create jobs, and on sure way we can create jobs right now is by moving forward with construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline. “We’ve spent more than four years producing studies and addressing environmental and property concerns- there’s no excuse to keep Keystone jobs on hold any longer.” –Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Press Release, 11/16/12

“The Keystone XL pipeline represents not only thousands of jobs and growth for the nation’s economy, but also a big step toward America energy independence. We can become independent in America within five to seven years, but we must commit to moving forward with projects like the Keystone XL pipeline.” –Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Press Release, 11/16/12

“Setting politics aside: Nothing has changed about the thousands of jobs that Keystone XL will create. Nothing has changed about the energy security to be gained through an important addition to the existing pipeline network built with sound environmental stewardship and the best modern technology.” –Letter from 18 Bi-partisan Members of Congress to the White House, Letter from U.S. Senate, 11/16/12

“I think there’s no doubt the Keystone pipeline will be approved in fairly short order and generate economic growth.” –John Northington, former Clinton administration official, Houston Chronicle, 11/13/12

“[The Keystone XL pipeline] project could yield thousands of new jobs and millions in new investment, but more important are the benefits to U.S. energy security. More Canadian oil would help displace crude imported form places unfriendly to the U.S. or in perpetual turmoil with oil from a stable trading partner and ally.” –Dallas Morning News Editorial Board, 11/28/12

“We believe the Keystone XL pipeline will be approved by the Americans because it is clearly in the U.S. national interests in terms of national security, jobs and economic growth.” –Joe Oliver, Canadian Natural Resources Minister, Press Conference, 11/7/12

“Why would you want to say [Keystone XL is] not good? It’s a good thing; it’s progress. You can’t stop progress.” –Ross Prince, Texas landowner, Longview News-Journal, 12/5/12

“In Wyoming, we have first-hand knowledge of how energy projects like the Keystone XL pipeline create jobs for working families. Keystone XL is ready now to create thousands of jobs, while at the same time increasing America’s energy security.” –Sen. John Barrasso [R-Wyo.], Casper Star Tribune, 11/27/12


  1. Roughly 69% of Americans support the Keystone XL project and 83% believe the pipeline would enhance U.S. energy security.

    Furthermore, 92% of respondents agreed that the job creation expectations of the Keystone XL were very important factors in their consideration of the project.

    Nevertheless, the pipeline remains unapproved, and is in its fifth year of review by U.S. officials.

    The improved infrastructure and full development of oil sands crude could help the U.S. meet 100% of its liquid fuel needs from North American resources by 2024.

    It is a shame that political chess is preventing the creation of jobs, federal revenue and North American energy independence.

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