Six years ago today, the proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline was submitted. For six years the Obama Administration has dragged its feet and delayed this job-creating pipeline, so as not to upset environmental interests groups. In June 2014, President Obama said that the environmental impact would be “absolutely critical” to his decision on Keystone. But even after the State Department said that the pipeline would not cause a negative environmental impact, he continues to delay. Clearly, this important infrastructure project that has the endorsement of labor unions and the support of majority in both the House and the Senate is hampered by politics.
The Keystone pipeline alone would help lift the burden on America’s strained energy infrastructure while adding 42,100 high-wage manufacturing and construction jobs and generating about $5 billion in taxes to local counties. Building the Keystone pipeline is an easy choice, and one the President still needs to make. Despite his continued delay, the House last night passed H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act, that included the approval of the Keystone pipeline.