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Capitol Corner: Keystone XL Means Jobs for Americans


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88,000. That's how many new jobs were added last month. A scary number when our economy is making a slow recovery. This low number is a reminder of how desperately we need to get more people back to work. I believe part of that solution starts with approving the Keystone XL Pipeline.

More than four years ago, TransCanada initially began the application process to build the Keystone Pipeline. After years of stalling and unending regulatory red tape, President Obama's Administration rejected the construction permit a year ago because they claimed it would have disturbed environmentally sensitive areas within Nebraska; however with the revised route avoiding these areas, the president can no longer rely on that excuse. Nebraska's Governor Heineman announced he has approved the new pipeline and Environmental Protection Agency doesn't oppose the plan. This means it is time to approve the Keystone Pipeline.

If approved and completed, the Keystone Pipeline would bring 700,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada's oil sands and from Montana and North Dakota's oil fields to the United States' refineries in the Gulf for processing. According to the US State Department, the construction of the project alone would create between 5,000 and 6,000 direct jobs in addition to an undetermined number of indirect jobs and revenue to all of the states along the way.

Simply put, the Keystone Pipeline means American jobs. And if President Obama truly wants to help House Republicans get Americans back to work, he needs to approve this project immediately. It's time Americans get these jobs. It's time we power the nation with hard-working, American energy.

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