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Tell Secretary Clinton: “Yes” to the Keystone Pipeline to Ensure More Secure Energy Future

June 3, 2011

On March 30, 2011, President Obama said, “We will keep on being a victim to shifts in the oil market until we get serious about a long-term policy for secure, affordable energy.” The Administration has a chance to follow through on that rhetoric by issuing a permit for a key pipeline project, called Keystone XL, to deliver much-needed energy resources to our country. That’s why we need your help!

Following last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama Administration placed most of America’s vast energy stores under lock and key, grinding the exploration process to a near halt and complicating the prospects for a stronger economy. NTU continues to seek legislation that will remove these shackles, but now, bureaucratic obstinacy threatens to permanently damage the relationship with our largest and most stable supplier of oil – Canada.

The State Department, led by Hillary Clinton, has continually delayed issuing a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline project that would deliver Canadian crude oil to U.S. refineries. The Keystone pipeline could provide an extra 500,000 barrels of oil a day from a trusted ally close to home, Given the ongoing political unrest in the Middle East, which helped cause gas prices to skyrocket, the advantage of having more energy sources has never been more clear.

Moving forward with the Keystone XL pipeline would also provide a critical boost to our economic recovery. With nearly 1,000 businesses in 47 states already providing services to the development of Canadian oil sands, the United States is already intimately tied to their success. In fact, according to an economic analysis conducted by the Canadian Energy Research Institute, investing in Canadian oil could create 343,000 new American jobs and add tens of billions of dollars in annual Gross Domestic Product over the next five years.

While we keep working to loosen  the U.S. government’s stranglehold on utilizing our own offshore energy and natural gas deposits, we are lucky that there is a reliable source of oil in our neighbor to the north. That’s why passing up this opportunity to approve the Keystone XL pipeline could prove devastating to America’s long-term energy needs. Tell Secretary of State Hillary of Clinton that it’s time to put an end to the bureaucratic obstruction.  Tell her to approve the Keystone XL pipeline!

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