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Northern Route Approval Act

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Mr. BARROW of Georgia. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

Mr. Chairman, I'm a proud cosponsor of this bill with my colleague from Nebraska (Mr. Terry). These are the main reasons why:

First, this pipeline will move an estimated 840,000 barrels of oil per day. That's about how much we import every day from Venezuela. Any policy that allows us to bid good riddance to countries like Venezuela is a good policy in my book.

Critics say that it will increase our dependence on oil as our primary source of transportation energy, but we're already totally dependent on oil for our transportation energy. This pipeline will only make us less dependent on hostile rivals and more reliant upon friendly allies for the transportation energy that we need.

Critics say it will increase CO

2 emissions, but this oil is going to be produced and refined and consumed by somebody. The only question is whether we get first dibs on it or whether or not we move to the back of the line behind countries like India and China for our own North American oil.

For all these reasons, I urge my colleagues to support this legislation today and once and for all make the Keystone XL pipeline a reality.

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