September 18, 2013 9:17 am | Categories:
The following statement was issued today by Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions, on the 5 year anniversary of the application for permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline:
“The application for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline has been under review by the U.S. government for five years now, far longer than any other cross-border pipeline project and more than twice as long as it will take to build the pipeline.
North America’s Building Trades Unions support the findings of the US Department of State, which concluded, once again, that there will be no significant impacts to most resources along the proposed project route, and that the construction and operation of the Keystone pipeline does not represent any significant increase in atmospheric carbon levels.
Americans strongly favor building the Keystone XL Pipeline in polls conducted by Gallop, Rasmussen, the Washington Post, Harris Interactive, Nebraska Rural, the Omaha World Herald and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In the national surveys, this project has the support of Americans at large by a 2 to 1 margin.
The economic benefits of Keystone XL are clear. The project will generate thousands of new jobs, both in the actual construction of the pipeline and in supporting industries like manufacturing, logistics, lodging and dining. While the national unemployment rate hovers around 7-8 percent, unemployment in the construction industry is still over 9%. Keystone XL will immediately allow thousands of the safest, most highly trained workers to begin building this state-of-the-art pipeline.
Jobs. Economic growth. Energy security. National security. It’s no wonder so many newspaper editorials and other influential voices are calling on the president to approve this vital project.
Mr. President, five years of study is enough. Now is the time to build this project.”