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Tipton Votes to Build the Keystone Pipeline
WASHINGTON–Today, Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) voted in the House to pass H.R. 3 to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. Prior to passage Tipton urged his colleagues on the House floor to support the Northern Route Approval Act, which seeks to remove the requirement for a presidential permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline and approve the construction, operation and maintenance of the pipeline.
Small businesses and labor groups are hungering for the opportunity and promise associated with the Keystone XL Pipeline. Sean McGarvey, of the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in the United States, has remarked, “We are tired of waiting and we believe the time has come to make the final decision on one of the most important projects to unlock the energy future for this country – the Keystone XL pipeline.”
The Keystone XL Pipeline is estimated to create 20,000 jobs directly and another 22,000 jobs indirectly over the project’s construction period. The Canadian Energy Research Institute estimates that the pipeline will add $172 billion to America’s gross domestic product by 2035. The State Department recently estimated that approximately 42,100 jobs would be created over the project construction period.
Environmental Impact Statements, studies and assessments have concluded that the Keystone XL Pipeline would not cause harm to the health and safety of the land, air, water or people with which it may come in contact with. The company building the pipeline has even offered to address one of the biggest environmental concerns by rerouting the pipeline around the Ogallala aquifer in the Nebraska Sandhills, voluntarily incurring millions in additional costs.
“The time has come for America and North America to achieve energy self-sufficiency. This is part of that solution. By building the Keystone Pipeline we can put Americans back to work, lower energy costs and strengthen our energy security,” Tipton said on passage. “The Keystone XL Pipeline is an economic catalyst that will serve the national interest at a pivotal moment. In the words of the AFL-CIO, ‘Any further delay by the Obama Administration is unacceptable.’ I urge the Senate to take swift action on this commonsense legislation.”