Fitzpatrick: Keystone XL Means Jobs Now
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Wednesday after the House of Representatives passed The Northern Route Approval Act [HR 3] by a 241 to 175 vote:
“Today, I voted to take the first step toward creating sustainable, secure jobs for all Americans by approving the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast- which will put our nation on the path toward energy independence.
With support from both labor and industry, the project is expected to add over 20,000 direct American jobs and 118,000 indirect jobs during its construction, and bring nearly $20 billion into our Nation’s economy. The plan also includes displacing oil imports from hostile regions in Latin America and the Middle East by linking directly to U.S. refineries, placing America on the path toward the adoption of a new, modernized ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy.
As an environmental advocate, the studies conducted by both the State Department and the State of Nebraska- as well as the additional work done in respect to the Clear Water Act and Endangered Species Act- demonstrate that the project is environmentally viable and safe.
America is positioned to be an energy superpower, with a diverse energy portfolio that includes a combination of oil, clean coal, nuclear power, sustainable alternatives, as well as taking advantage of Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas.
It’s been over four years since the project plan was submitted. We must dedicate ourselves as a nation, like we did in the Manhattan Project and in the Space Race, to a clearly defined goal for energy security as fuel for the 2nd American Century.”
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.