Senator Marco Rubio Regarding Keystone XL Pipeline.
Friday, February 3, 2012 1:04 PM
From: "Senator Marco Rubio" Do_Not_Reply@Rubio.senate.gov
Dear Mrs. Dixey,
Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding your concern about the Keystone XL Pipeline.
As you may know, in 2008, TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP proposed the creation of a network of pipelines designed to provide America with a safe and reliable supply of energy resources from one of our greatest international allies, Canada. The final component of the three-phase project, the Keystone XL pipeline, would be capable of transporting up to 830,000 barrels of Canadian crude oil per day to refineries within the United States, increasing the total Keystone network capacity to nearly 1.3 million barrels a day. Construction of the 1,700-mile pipeline will create more than 20,000 American jobs and, once fully operational, the Keystone XL pipeline will reduce our demand for oil imported from hostile and unstable regions of the world, like the Middle East. Although approval for the Keystone XL pipeline had been under review by the federal government for over three years, the Obama Administration announced in November 2011 that a final decision will be even further delayed until after his reelection campaign ends in November 2012.
At a time when Florida families and businesses are struggling with staggering levels of unemployment, high energy costs, and slow economic growth, the last thing Washington should do is unnecessarily delay projects like this pipeline that would create American jobs, increase our energy security, and promote economic prosperity. It is with this thought in mind that I joined 38 of my Senate colleagues in co-sponsoring the North American Energy Security Act (S. 1932). S. 1932 would have required President Obama to end this unnecessary bureaucratic delay and make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline within 60 days of the law’s enactment unless he determines the pipeline is not in the national interest. Subsequently, on Saturday, December 17, 2011, I, along with 88 of my colleagues, voted to end this bureaucratic hold-up by supporting the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 (H.R. 3630), which included provisions similar to S. 1932. President Obama signed the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 into law on December 23, 2011. However, on January 18, 2012, the Obama Administration announced that they will not approve the permits for the Keystone XL pipeline.
While I understand the need to balance environmental concerns with economic benefits, I remain supportive of the Keystone XL pipeline and the important contribution it will make to our ailing economy and future energy security. I am disappointed in the decision made by the Obama Administration. I welcome the opportunity to continue working with my Senate colleagues on ways to spur strong economic growth and job creation, and will remain mindful of your concerns as we address this, and similar issues in the 112 th Congress.
Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. It is an honor and privilege to serve the people of Florida. If I can be of any further help to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely, Marco Rubio United States Senator