American Energy Initiative, Part 14: Expediting the Keystone XL Pipeline - Energy Security and Jobs, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, December 2, 2011 [open pdf - 5MB]
From the opening statement of Ed Whitfield: "Earlier this year, the Obama administration led us to believe they would make a decision on the pipeline by December 31st, 2011. Now the administration says they are incapable of making a decision before 2013. And I might add that the original application was filed in April of 2008. In the meantime, tens of thousands of American workers are forced to wait at least another year for possibly the most shovel-ready of all projects. The announcement to delay a decision until after next year's election to me appears to be blatantly political. The President had a golden opportunity to take bold action and create jobs for America, and he declined to do so. It appears that he is appeasing environmentalists and casting aside the opportunity to create jobs. […] We in Congress, like the President, make policy decisions based on our best information and best judgment. Most important decisions that we make involve economic and policy risks. Since the President did not act, Congress, in my view, must act. And if we do nothing, the American people will have to wait at least another year, until after the election, to enjoy the benefit of the energy security and jobs that the pipeline can bring. So we must find a way forward, and we must find it fast. And today we want to explore what the pipeline means to our job creation and the economy. We want to know what remains of the review process and how it can be corrected." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ed Whitfield, Bobby L. Rush, Gene Green, Fred Upton, Lee Terry Henry A. Waxman, Joe Barton, Michael C. Burgess, Alex Pourbaix, David L. Barnett, Brent Booker, Jeffrey Soth, Bruce Burton, Jerome Ringo, Jane Fleming Kleeb. K. Dean Hubbard, Jr., Lara Skinner, and M. Ray Perryman.
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