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Economy up, unemployment down. Let’s approve the Keystone pipeline.

Dan Soltesz marks the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s visit to Cushing to launch the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline with his blog on why he supports the project.

What would you think if I told you that the United States had an opportunity to create thousands of jobs?  What would you think if I told you that we had the opportunity to help stabilize the supply of oil to the United States?  What would you think if I told you we could do this while not only strengthening our economy, but the economy of one of our closest allies?  I promise you all that this is no joke, it’s the Keystone XL Pipeline Project.  The Keystone XL project is a golden opportunity that if approved, would benefit Americans in numerous ways.

The United States has been struggling over the past several years to get out of the recession we are currently facing.  We have been working to lift ourselves out of it, but we just have not been successful.  The jobs that are going to be created are not just those to build the pipeline itself, but will go much further than that.  Once the pipeline is completed and the oil starts moving to the refineries in the Gulf of Mexico, it will be American workers that refine the oil, and these regions will see new industries and businesses develop and grow.  This will not only help our nation domestically, but also on an international stage.

Currently, the United States imports large amounts of oil from nations in the Middle East and South America that do not have our best interests at heart.  To continue to rely on these countries for our energy puts us at a severe disadvantage.  Instead of sending our money to these nations, the choice to support one of our closest allies, Canada, should be an easy one.  The Canadian and American economies will benefit from the construction of the Keystone XL project and we will be supporting a friend and fellow democracy.

One issue that is being raised is the exporting of fuel.  Companies that are producing and refining oil into gasoline, diesel, and other fuel might export some of their products, this may happen.  The need for fuel in the United States is great and many of these companies already keep a great deal of their product in the United States for domestic use, but it is needed in other places throughout the world, such as Mexico and Europe.  America is helping these nations, many of which are our allies, to fuel their economies.   Even if the fuel is exported, it could still benefit all of us when we go to the pump.  The price of oil is set on a global scale and the cost of a barrel of oil is greatly affected by how much oil is being produced and who is controlling its production.  This project will not only benefit us, but everyone.

For these reasons and countless others, the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project is a win for the United States and should begin immediately.

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