Keystone XL is in the nation's interest!

Another evaluation of environmental impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline again finds the pipeline's construction and operation will have minimal impact on the environment. A new report done by the State Department confirms that The Keystone XL pipeline will have minimal impact on the environment. KXL is an ideal infrastructure project to create construction jobs and move the U.S. closer to energy security.


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Keystone matters more now than ever

ARTHUR HERMAN, Washington Examiner, JANUARY 15, 2015

The ongoing drama over completing the Keystone XL Pipeline, the proposed 1,179-mile conduit for Canadian crude oil running from Hardisty in Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska, has reached its climax in the Senate. With the House already approving the pipeline, the question now is whether pro-Keystone senators can muster the votes needed to override an Obama veto -- which is also all but guaranteed.

According to bill co-sponsor Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, supporters are four votes short of the required 67. Democratic opponents of the pipeline are doing the bidding of environmentalists who have bitterly fought it for the past five years. Their argument that it will blight the environment largely collapsed after the State Department, which studied the cross-border project, concluded it would cause no significant environmental damage. Meanwhile, there is bipartisan support for the project. Multiple estimates of the tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs the construction project would create have prompted unions such as the Laborers' Union of North America to back Keystone.

Yet the clincher argument for Keystone may not hinge on jobs or the environment, but on national security -- more precisely, North American energy security. From that perspective, Keystone is even more vital today than it was when first proposed, thanks to falling oil prices.

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Nebraskans for Jobs & Energy Independence is a committed group of Nebraskans who believe that our state can play a key role in the future of U.S. energy policy. Most energy experts will tell you that Nebraska is in a unique and advantageous position to play a key role in the future of energy in the United States. Nebraska's exisiting ethanol production, enormous wind power potential, and central geographic position mean that Nebraska can both generate and transmit power and energy sources for the rest of the nation -- creating jobs, growing the economy and decreasing the need to import oil from unstable sources. Join us and make yourself heard!


Video: Brigham McCown Interview

Brigham McCown, Former Administrator U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, discusses the safety of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Nebraska.

 


Cornhuskers Across the State Support Keystone XL

Over 4,000 Nebraskan residents have a signed a petition by Nebraskans for Jobs and Energy Independence in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline. From the bright lights of Omaha and Lincoln to the farming communities in western Nebraska, Nebraskans agree: "We need jobs. We need energy. We need Keystone XL."

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