This week, the House passed H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, which will clear the way for the Keystone XL pipeline. This is part of our all-of-the-above approach to North American energy security. The pipeline will also create thousands of jobs both directly and indirectly, which is why it has been emphatically endorsed by the AFL-CIO and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. It is not every day that you see the entire Republican Party and Big Labor on the same page, but it just shows the strength of the case for building Keystone XL.
The pipeline has been subjected to 5 years and 15,000 pages of environmental review. A State Department report ordered by the President found Keystone XL would have "no significant impacts" on the environment along the proposed route. It also stated the impact on global warming would be negligible because the Canadians are going to develop their resources "with or without the proposed project." In other words, the oil is coming out of the ground; the only question is whether it comes to us or gets put on tankers and shipped to China.
To get our economy to grow and create the jobs we need, we must get bureaucratic red tape under control and develop North American energy. H.R. 3 directly addresses both of these issues. It is time for President Obama to abandon his green ideological crusade and join us in doing the right thing for the American public by supporting the Northern Route Approval Act.
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