Alexander: Finish Keystone XL Now, It’s “Long Past Time” for President Obama to Approve Project

Says approval of “Keystone would bring us one step closer to energy independence”

Posted on September 18, 2014

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“After six years of postponing thousands of shovel-ready jobs, the president should stop delaying this decision and approve the construction permit for a project that will create thousands of jobs, grow our economy, and improve our energy security by making use of more North American oil.” – Lamar Alexander

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2014 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today joined a letter to President Obama calling on him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, saying “it’s long past time to make a decision.”

“After six years of postponing thousands of shovel-ready jobs, the president should stop delaying this decision and approve the construction permit for a project that will create thousands of jobs, grow our economy, and improve our energy security by making use of more North American oil,” Alexander said. “The United States should not be held hostage by any other country because of our need for energy, and the president’s approval of Keystone would bring us one step closer to energy independence.”

The letter, led by Senator John Hoeven (R-S.D.) and signed by all 45 Republican senators, notes that September 19, 2014, marks the sixth anniversary of TransCanada filing an application for approval of the pipeline without a decision from the president. In addition to this letter, Alexander has cosponsored legislation to remove the requirement for presidential approval to begin construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and signed numerous letters requesting approval of the pipeline.

Alexander is a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 The full text of the letter is available here.

 

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