While Americans today are enjoying the tremendous economic benefits of increased North American oil production, opponents of fossil fuels remain committed to their quest of keeping us dependent on sources of energy from unstable regions of the world.
Today anti-Keystone XL activist groups such as Bold Nebraska, the Sierra Club and 350.org wrote yet another letter to Secretary Kerry asking for the State Department to consider “new evidence” – namely, they argue, that estimates of oil sands production have been lowered. At this point, their climate argument has been so discredited that no one except the activists themselves are buying it. As our most recent pamphlet points out, the overwhelming consensus shows that Keystone XL passes President Obama’s climate test.
If the Obama administration is going to consider “new evidence” it should be the tremendous benefits Americans are feeling today thanks to increased North American energy production.
As we pointed out before, the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) found last year that North American oil production – that includes oil sands – is sending “shock waves” through global markets, dramatically reducing imports from OPEC. IEA found that oil sands supply in North America will grow by 3.9 million barrels per day from 2012 to 2018. IHS CERA recently found that oil sands will be a “key pillar” for our energy security. So it’s no wonder that national security advisors such as General Jim Jones, former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, and Thomas E. Donilon have all urged approval of Keystone XL.
Meanwhile, news outlets, from Politico to Fox News to the New York Times, continue to report that thanks to increased North American energy production, gas prices have been kept in check even as severe disruptions break out in other parts of the world. Between more stable prices from increased supply of North American crude and the thousands of jobs the pipeline would bring, it’s no surprise that the latest poll showed support for Keystone XL is “almost universal.”
It’s well passed time for the president to end his “absurd” delay and approve the pipeline that would bring jobs and energy security to American families.