​Mark Greenberg asks Elizabeth Esty to Join President Clinton and AFL-CIO President in Supporting Keystone Pipeline





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In a disappointing move last Friday, President Obama's State Department quietly announced that it would be delaying the long awaited decision on the Keystone Pipeline yet again in order to get the issue past the upcoming November elections. Even the New York Times said 'the move was seen as a political punt that would allow pro-Keystone Democratic senators from oil states to court voters by calling for construction of the pipeline, while still keeping Mr. Steyer's money in the campaign.'  

The reference was to California billionaire Tom Steyer who pledged to spend $100 million of his own money supporting democrats who oppose the Keystone Pipeline.

Elizabeth Esty's vote and against and opposition to the Keystone pipeline represents another instance of Esty placing her ideological leanings ahead of the best interests of our country, and ahead of the citizens of the 5th District.

The Keystone Pipeline has broad public support as well as bi-partisan political support. Former President Bush, former President Clinton, union leadership and two-thirds of Americans agree that the pipeline is environmentally safe, that it will create new American jobs and it will help our country reduce its dependence on foreign oil from potentially hostile countries.  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said members of his labor federation back the project. "We think that anything that's going to create jobs, help the country and do it in an environmentally sound way ought to be done."

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.