As Congress returns to Capitol Hill this week, Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader McConnell have made it clear that their first legislative priority is to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Rather than taking action to support clean energy investments that will spur innovation and create good paying jobs here at home, they have instead chosen to support the Keystone XL pipeline and the false promises made by its proponents.
The Keystone XL pipeline is a bad deal for the United States and an even worse deal for the future of our children, our environment, and our economy. The fact remains: the Keystone XL pipeline would mean millions of tons of new carbon pollution entering the air, and could also mean dozens of newly polluted waterways and poisoned communities all across the Midwest. And despite inflated talking points to the contrary, the Keystone XL pipeline would only create 35 permanent U.S. jobs.
The United States is at a crucial crossroads when it comes to energy policy. As a nation, we can either move forward to a pro-job, clean energy future, or move backwards towards energy policies that expand the use of fossil fuels, dump more carbon pollution, and place our long-term environmental health and economic security at risk.
Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader McConnell have charted their course. They’ve decided to place support of their Big Oil backers above the interests of the American people — supporting a pipeline that would pump oil through the United States and out to foreign countries around the world. Their top priority is building the Keystone XL pipeline — essentially doing the bidding of a foreign company that will build an oil pass-through to the global market that dangerously cuts through the heartland of our nation.
It’s time to stand up to the corporate polluters, protect the health and safety of the next generation, and reject the Keystone XL pipeline.