Power Lines: Canada Taking Their Resources to Asia
January 11, 2012
“[W]hen a lot of folks are looking for work it is time for us to step on the gas.”
— President Obama, January 11, 2012
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Canada’s Prime Minister (PM) is not wasting any time coming up with concrete alternatives to the Keystone XL Pipeline project. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, PM Stephen Harper recently collected support for a new plan to transport Canada's oil production westward to the Canadian coast, where it would be loaded onto tankers and sent to Asian markets.
It is clear that Canada will not wait very long to start moving their oil, as there are markets just as thirsty for their petroleum as the U.S. However, President Obama continues his refusal to approve the construction of the job-creating Keystone XL Pipeline—a project that 22 House Democrats urged him to approve in 2011.
Speaker Boehner has continued to beat the drum on this issue. The following was posted to Speaker Boehner’s blog today:
Is the Keystone Jobs Project on Today’s Agenda, Mr. President?
Washington (Jan 11) Before traveling to Chicago for “three campaign events” today, President Obama will host a forum with “leaders from the private sector and government” about “working with more companies to create jobs,” reports Associated Press. One project that would create thousands of new American jobs without adding to our spending-driven debt is the Keystone XL energy pipeline – and lucky for the president, Keystone already has the support of “leaders from the private sector and government.” For example:
Ironically, President Obama’s forum today is billed as “Insourcing American Jobs” – even though the longer the president delays, the more he risks sending the thousands of Keystone jobs overseas to countries like China.
The president says “we can’t wait” for action on jobs, but when it comes to Keystone XL, the only one we’re waiting on is him. Learn more about the Keystone XL project and the Republican jobs plan at jobs.GOP.gov.
Along with a Canadian Member of Parliament, Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) authored a statement calling this project a “shovel ready private-sector infrastructure project that will benefit both nations and not require one dime of federal or state funding, nor any preferential tax incentives to start it or keep it operational.”
The joint statement goes on to say that, “The Keystone XL pipeline provides an opportunity for real, private-sector, free-market economic stimulus. It is a wonderful example of bilateral cooperation between friends that offers enormous benefits to both. Together, we urge President Obama and officials in his administration to put aside frivolous and puerile political considerations and approve the thousands of jobs and great strides toward energy independence provided by the Keystone XL pipeline and to help ensure the prosperity and security of our two great nations for decades to come.”
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