America needs to develop a comprehensive national energy strategy which is aimed at reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy. In order to move to true energy independence, we must explore the many available domestic energy resources in an environmentally-friendly manner. I am a supporter of an "all of the above" national energy strategy aimed at reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy. In order to move to true energy independence, we must consider all options, and fully developing our own sources of energy must be part of the mix.
I support the Keystone XL oil pipeline. This project will boost job creation and economic development. Although estimates vary, the company building the pipeline anticipates as many as 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs will be created due to the pipeline's construction. And some of those jobs will likely be in Cincinnati, where Siemens employs hundreds at its Norwood plant to manufacture electric motors for the pipeline.
Nationally, the Keystone Pipeline will significantly reduce our dependence on foreign oil from volatile countries like Venezuela and other OPEC nations. According to U.S. Department of Energy estimates, 830,000 barrels of oil a day -- approximately half the amount we import from the Middle East -- could be pumped to the U.S. through the pipeline. Buying more oil from an established ally, like Canada, will help stabilize our energy prices and supply, as well as enhance our national security.
The environmental concerns raised by some opposed to the project should not be disregarded but numerous government agencies have found this to be a project of minimal environmental risk. With unemployment at almost eight percent, this is exactly the type of project the Administration should be promoting to get Americans back to work.