According to estimates, the project will create 9,000 new American skilled construction jobs and support more than 42,000 direct and indirect jobs nationwide. The pipeline will have the capacity to transport 830,000 barrels of oil per day to Gulf Coast and Midwest refineries, reducing American dependence on oil from Venezuela and the Middle East by up to 40 percent.
President Obama and Elizabeth Esty have opposed the pipeline and dragged their feet while marching out-of-step to the tune of the special interests opposed to the project.
Even though Esty's own constituents would benefit from the price stability increased supplies would bring, she continues to be at odds with the bi-partisan leadership that recognizes the benefits of Keystone. Esty's opposition to the Keystone project does a disservice to our country and to her constituents.
As a member of Congress, Mark will join former President Bill Clinton, Richard Trumka, and 2/3 of the American public in support of American jobs and energy independence.