Republican Consulting

Keystone XL Pipeline would be job creator


By Geoff Davis
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 19, 2012

 

Jobs: Four letters that every political campaign in the country – and especially the competitive ones in Kentucky and Ohio – are focused on. What is the best way to create them? How can we sustain lasting growth in our industrial and manufacturing sectors? And who’s got the best plan to dig us out of the economic ditch?

 

President Obama said that his failed economic stimulus would create 3.5 million shovel-ready jobs, but the reality of his plan not only fell far short of that, it turned into a government spending free-for-all that has led us even further down the economic rabbit hole. But there is a shovel-ready jobs program that could bring us hundreds of thousands of jobs if only the president would support it: the Keystone XL Pipeline.

 

The foundation for the future of the American economy is its energy industry. Our energy competitiveness affects every aspect of our economy from the price of milk to our ability to create strong manufacturing jobs to supporting our national infrastructure. Moreover, by ending the nearly $1 trillion we send to other countries each year for energy, we could end the flood of money that funds radicalism.

 

North America has a Saudi Arabia of coal and another Saudi Arabia of oil shale and tar sands sitting under our feet. These resources have the potential to usher in a third industrial revolution that will fuel job growth, new research and make us more secure. The Keystone XL pipeline is ground zero in this battle for American energy independence. If we are going to create jobs and rebuild our economy, we need to use the resources we have today while developing new technologies that can make us economically competitive tomorrow.

 

TransCanada, the pipeline builder, has said that it intends to proceed with or without us. More than likely, going ahead without us would mean TransCanada would develop a partnership with resource-starved China, not only costing us jobs and an economic boom but creating a dirtier environmental situation in a country with few regulations. By 2035, roughly half a million Americans could be working in jobs supported by this project, and yet the White House refuses to take a stand against radical environmentalists who want to shut it down. No American should want to ship all those jobs and the potential to strengthen our nation’s economic and national security to Asia. And yet some of our elected officials continue to do just that by refusing to support this jobs program.

 

China is our fiercest competitor in the global economy, and its insatiable demand for energy resources is striking. That alone should be a compelling enough reason for the U.S. to secure partnerships with friendly nations to ensure our own steady supply of energy. By 2035, we will need 21 percent more energy than we used just three years ago, making it essential that we find friendly nations we can rely on to help keep us supplied since we insist on keeping our own natural resources locked up.

 

Canadians are optimistic that, one way or another, they will develop a pipeline to export their oil sands. We should be doing everything we can to partner with our good neighbor and trusted ally instead of remaining dependent on unstable regimes. After all, preventing the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline would certainly harm America’s interests and it will do nothing to curb our demand for oil.

 


 

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