(WASHINGTON) — In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska calls on lawmakers to get moving to build the Keystone XL Pipeline, a project the congressman insists will help lower energy bills and create tens of thousands of American jobs.
Terry says taking on the high energy bills has become “especially important” as gas prices are taking an even bigger toll on commuters and truckers.
“That’s why I’ve led the efforts in the House to support the Keystone XL Pipeline, a project that would bring more North American energy to the marketplace and put thousands to work. All told, Keystone will create roughly 20,000 new jobs related to the construction of the pipeline. And it will create another 118,000 jobs downstream,” Terry explains.
But, Terry says, “[d]espite all of that, the Obama administration continues to block Keystone, using every bureaucratic trick and excuse in the book. It’s now been more than 1,600 days since the initial permits were filed for building the pipeline. To put that in perspective, it took the United States a little more than 1,300 days to win World War II, and it took Lewis and Clark about 1,100 days to walk the Louisiana Purchase and back.”
With the Keystone project having passed several environmental reviews and gained the support of unions and employers, Terry calls it a “no-brainer.”
“The people and the Congress have spoken. The experts have weighed in. Now it’s the time to build the Keystone pipeline. No more delays, no more politics. If the president continues to drag his feet, Congress is prepared to act,” he says.
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Theodore Schleifer, CNN Newswire
Brian Stelter, CNN Newswire