The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed HR 3, legislation approving the Keystone Pipeline, 1700 days after the project was first submitted to the State Department.
The Keystone Pipeline represents the best opportunity for President Obama to allow for meaningful and immediate jobs as well as economic activity for a project that enjoys overwhelming support in Congress and in the public. According to countless studies, Keystone will create 20,000 immediate jobs as well 118,000 indirect ones, billions of dollars in economic activity, and be a boon to the US energy sector. The President still won’t approve it.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted in 2012, 293-127 in favor of the pipeline. Just this past March in a non-binding resolution, the United States Senate voted 62-37 approving the pipeline. The Governors of Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana all support it. The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Bill Clinton, Warren Buffet, and even Chris Matthews support the Keystone Pipeline. Even with this groundswell of support the President refuses to act.
On March 1, the State Department released its environmental impact report regarding Keystone. The report concluded that the pipeline would have no meaningful impact on the environment. However even his own State Department’s report hasn’t stopped the President from taking policy advice from the likes of the Sierra Club, Van Jones and Robert Kennedy Jr.