API President and CEO Jack Gerard said that now that the State Department’s Keystone XL review is complete, the president needs to step up and make a final determination on the fate of the pipeline. The one question he must answer: Is this in the national interest?
“For more than six years the president delayed making a decision on KXL because the project was under review,” said Gerard. “Well, today that process at the State Department is over. There is nothing left standing in the way of a presidential decision. Poll after poll shows Americans understand the pipeline is in our national interest and support Keystone’s construction. It’s time to put politics aside and move forward on this critical infrastructure project and create jobs now.
“Congress is getting ready to send the president a bill to approve this pipeline. Instead of prepping his veto, he can now take sole possession of this decision and finally approve KXL on his own terms. President Obama can set aside the politics once and for all, and bolster our country’s energy future and create 42,000 good paying jobs by approving Keystone XL.”
API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 25 million Americans.