Your Views: Approving Keystone pipeline would be responsible move

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Friday, April 25, 2014

President Obama has rejected the construction of a $7.3 billion Keystone pipeline that would bring heavy crude from Canada to Oklahoma and Texas, where the oil would be refined. In 2009, Obama said he needed Environmental Protection Agency reviews for the safe construction of the Keystone pipeline.

Recently, the State Department and EPA completed the reviews and stated there would be no adverse environmental impacts with the proposed construction of the pipeline. However, on Good Friday, the president said he was going to postpone indefinitely the decision to build the pipeline.

 Gov. Walker from Wisconsin sent a letter to Obama stating that the pipeline would support 42,000 jobs to refine the oil, create 10,000 construction jobs and add $2 billion in wages over two years. Just in Wisconsin, the project would create 1,000 high-paying jobs and create another 9,000 jobs over a period of 20 years.

The pipeline would moderate the price of oil and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Canada has another option to ship its crude oil to China and Asia and therefore eliminate those jobs that the United States so desperately needs. The Obama administration should be willing to walk through fire to create those 10,000 pipeline construction jobs and 42,000 jobs related to byproducts of refining that oil, but the administration refuses to act in a responsible manner.



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