Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) recently voted to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve the long-delayed Keystone XL energy pipeline within 30 days. The pipeline would bring crude oil from supply fields in Alberta, Canada to refineries in Oklahoma and Texas.
Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen has voted to support this important project four previous times. (Votes: H.R. 1938; H.R. 3630; H. Res. 370; H. Res. 501) Unfortunately, President Obama continues to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
The President's decision is good news for China but terrible news for the millions of Americans who want and need jobs and energy independence. Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline project would increase our domestic supply by 302 million barrels of oil per year.
This project has the potential to change the current gas price dynamic in the consumer's favor. A Department of Energy analysis projects that the increased energy supplies and gains in energy efficiency could essentially eliminate U.S. dependence on Middle East oil.
The U.S. already imports more oil from Canada than any other country and the enormous potential of this politically and economically secure source of energy can restore market confidence and could help gas prices while significantly rebalancing global oil markets toward North America's favor.
In a statement, Ros-Lehtinen said "Given that oil prices are so high, it is past time that real solutions are put on the table. The economy suffers catastrophically because of these high prices and the burdens being placed on American families only continue to grow. I am committed to measures that lower the price of gas in a responsible way and end our crippling dependence on Middle East oil."