Energy and jobs are two things that Americans need to survive. The Keystone XL Pipeline would provide both, free of cost to American taxpayers. That is why this week, I introduced the bipartisan Keystone for a Secure Tomorrow Act (K-FAST) to allow Congress to act immediately and approve the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Congress has the obligation and the legal ability to say yes. In fact, in 1973, after years of delay, Congress took similar action and passed the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act in order to build the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
The Keystone XL Pipeline is a golden opportunity for our country. It would bring 750,000 barrels of oil per day from our stable ally, Canada, down to refineries in southeast Texas. It would also create thousands of immediate jobs. The Keystone XL Pipeline would enhance our energy security by bringing almost as much oil as we get from Saudi Arabia to the U.S. It would help enhance our foreign policy by bolstering our relationship with Canada instead of depending on unstable Middle Eastern countries.
When the Administration said no to the Keystone XL Pipeline, it said no to our national interest, no to jobs,no to energy security, no to our ally Canada, and no to the will of the American people because most Americans support the pipeline. Failure to approve the pipeline is putting our national security, energy security, and economic security at risk.
Let’s make the Keystone XL Pipeline a reality, creating jobs, bringing energy to the U.S., and making Middle Eastern dictators’ turmoil irrelevant to our national and energy security.
And that’s just the way it is.
God and Texas,
Member of Congress