Alexander: Keystone Pipeline Could Bring 100,000 Jobs to “the Obama Economy”

Says, “Our policy should be: Find more North American oil and use less of it … the Keystone XL pipeline is a way to find more”

Posted on November 30, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today joined 37 Republican senators in introducing a bill to require the Secretary of State to issue a permit so construction can begin on the Keystone XL pipeline, saying, “in the midst of the Obama Economy,” construction of the pipeline could create “up to 100,000 jobs.”

Alexander made the following statement today at a press conference introducing the legislation:

“We are in the midst of the ‘Obama Economy.’ There’s a lot of debate about how we can spend money we don’t have to create jobs, yet the president waited three years to send us trade agreements he said would create 250,000 jobs. And now with the stroke of a pen, he could allow the creation of up to another 100,000 jobs. Our policy should be: Find more North American oil and use less of it. And allowing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is a way to find more North American oil. For the first time in 62 years we’re net exporters of petroleum products, so, with the Keystone pipeline, we’d have more than we need by importing from our friends, which means our country can make money, instead of spending money, by selling refined oil products overseas.”

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