Saying it's time for America to finally adopt an "all-of-the-above" approach to energy production, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) voted today to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline project from Canada after President Obama denied a construction permit. Following a favorable, bi-partisan vote by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Congresswoman Bono Mack issued the following statement:
"After three years of exhaustive environmental reviews, it's time to move forward with this critically important project, which will create an estimated 20,000 American jobs and has the potential to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil by nearly 10 percent. Our nation needs to finally adopt a comprehensive "all-of-the-above' approach to energy production. With Syria in flames and Iran threatening to disrupt Middle East oil supplies, the President needs to quit delaying and recognize that we have a serious problem. Americans want action -- not $5 per gallon gasoline. Failing to build this pipeline is simply irresponsible and threatens our nation's long-term security as well as our prosperity."