Upton Outraged by President’s Rejection of Job-Creating Keystone Project
Upton, Energy and Commerce Committee announce plans to get project back on track
Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) made the following statement in response to the President’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline project. Upton and fellow House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today outlined new plans to move forward on the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline, scheduling a hearing one week from today and announcing their intent to move forward on legislation that will restart the project.
The Keystone XL project is a proposed 1,700-mile extension of an existing pipeline linking energy supplies in Canada to the United States. When complete, the Keystone pipeline system is expected to carry 1.4 million barrels of oil each day to refineries in the United States, significantly expanding North American energy supplies and reducing our need to import oil from unstable regions of the world. Building the Keystone XL pipeline is projected to directly create 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs, not to mention the thousands of additional jobs and economic benefit that comes from an infrastructure project of this magnitude and the secure, stable energy supplies it will deliver.
“Folks in Michigan are eager for real solutions to create jobs and secure our energy future,” said Upton. “This pipeline has been carefully vetted, environmentally scrutinized, and publicly discussed for more than three years. The American people cannot wait any longer. Gasoline prices have nearly doubled over the past three years and they are only expected to go higher moving forward. Canada is our ally and closest trading partner, and it would be foolish to let this pro-jobs, pro-energy project slip through our fingers now. Canada is developing these resources one way or another. If we don’t work with Canada on this, then China will. I am outraged by the President’s decision to further delay this shovel ready project. Be assured, I will continue to focus my efforts on jobs and our economy.”