Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Keystone XL Pipeline


By: Dan Lipinski, Steve Stivers, Rob Bishop, Kevin Brady, Cory Gardner, Dana Rohrabacher, Patrick McHenry, Ann Wagner, Todd Young, Al Green, Cynthia Lummis, Robert Pittenger, Duncan Hunter, Marlin Stutzman, Luke Messer, Markwayne Mullin, Dave Reichert, Brett Guthrie, Jeff Duncan, John Barrow, Trey Gowdy III, Jim Gerlach, Candice Miller, James Lankford, Bill Johnson, GT Thompson, Jr., Gene Green, Kristi Noem, Steve Daines, Tom Rooney, Brad Wenstrup, Mike Simpson, Bob Goodlatte, Todd Rokita, Jeff Miller, Matt Salmon, Paul Gosar, Greg Walden, Blake Farenthold, Henry Cuellar, Marsha Blackburn, Tom Petri, Raúl Labrador, Diane Black, Tim Murphy, Joe Wilson, Sr., Joe Barton, Trey Radel, Tim Walberg, Tim Griffin, Spencer Bachus, Leonard Lance, Cathy Rodgers, Mac Thornberry, Tom Graves, Jr., Rodney Davis, Bill Owens, Steve Scalise, Tom Cole, Dennis Ross, Andy Barr, Pete Sessions, Keith Rothfus, Doug Lamborn, Fred Upton, Filemon Vela, Jr., Billy Long, Lee Terry, Stephen Fincher, Bill Flores, Bill Shuster, Vicky Hartzler, Lou Barletta, Mick Mulvaney, John Culberson, David McKinley, Doug LaMalfa, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Tom McClintock, Robert Hurt, Steve Pearce, Mo Brooks, Pat Tiberi, Ed Whitfield, Trent Franks, Roger Williams, Robert Aderholt, Bill Cassidy, Rodney Alexander, Doc Hastings, Michael Burgess, Collin Peterson, Mike Conaway, Randy Neugebauer, Chris Collins, Randy Forbes, Lynn Jenkins, Mike Kelly, Jr., Charles Boustany, Jr., Carolyn McCarthy, Peter Roskam, Susan Brooks, Scott Perry, Jim Matheson, Jim Jordan, Jack Kingston, Bob Gibbs, Pete Olson, Renee Ellmers, Jackie Walorski, Chris Stewart, Lynn Westmoreland, Jo Bonner, Jr., Michael Coffman, Shelley Capito, Dave Joyce, Phil Roe, Scott Tipton, Tim Huelskamp, Donald Young, Steve Chabot, Kevin Cramer, Pete Visclosky, John Campbell III, Walter Jones, Jr., Adam Kinzinger, Bob Latta, Dan Benishek, Bill Huizenga, Steve Womack, Morgan Griffith, Tom Cotton, Ted Poe, Jeff Denham, Jim Costa, Aaron Schock, Mark Amodei, Tom Price
Date: Feb. 5, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

As a leading proponent of the Keystone XL pipeline, Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE) coordinated a bipartisan effort of more than 145 House members to join together in stating their support for the immediate approval and construction of the pipeline. The following letter, signed by the Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Subcommittee Chairman of Energy and Power, the Chairman of Transportation and Infrastructure, and members from regions all over the country, including Texas, Illinois, California, New York, Arkansas and Utah, is one of the strongest bipartisan statements to-date sent to the President in support of the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline:

President Barack Obama

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

On January 22, 2013, Governor Dave Heinemann transmitted a letter to you in support of the re-route through the state of Nebraska for the Keystone XL pipeline project. This letter will be included in the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the application pending before the State Department.

It has been 4 and a half years since the initial application was made to the State Department. The Final Environmental Impact Statement on the original application was dated August 26, 2011. Congress was told that the reason for the denial of the original application was not based on the merits of the project, but rather on insufficient time to assess the application with a revised route through Nebraska.

All studies show that this project will have minimal environmental impact and a substantial economic benefit to our country. In light of the recent events in North Africa, we need to be investing in energy infrastructure to control our own resources. We need to be able to move resources, not only from Canada, but from the many domestic shale plays that have recently come on line. We need to make our country energy independent.

We respectfully request that your administration act expeditiously and approve the project as soon as possible. You have the information from the State of Nebraska. No other portion of the pipeline has changed. Given the positive impact of domestic energy on jobs and the economy, you must come to the conclusion that this is in the national interest

It is time to act in our nation's best interest and approve the Keystone XL pipeline.