Letter to Sec. John Kerry: Keystone XL pipeline will improve foreign relations

Consumer Energy Alliance logoIn a letter sent to newly confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry, the Consumer Energy Alliance underscored how important the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is for economic and energy security. The letter outlined a series of arguments in support of the project, while admitting the pending presidential permit for the pipeline is “among the most politically divisive issues that the Department of State will face this year.”

The alliance sees the Keystone XL pipeline as part of a movement toward North American energy self-sufficiency — a transition that could strengthen Kerry’s position as a diplomat representing U.S. interests abroad — and released the following statement:

“Keystone XL is part of a broader transition toward North American energy self-sufficiency – a revolution that will have profound effects on U.S. foreign relations and global geopolitics,” CEA President David Holt said. “Increased supplies of North American oil and natural gas coupled with greater adoption of energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy can eliminate the need for foreign imports within this decade.”

“For the first time in decades, the United States has an opportunity to advance our foreign policy without being beholden to foreign oil powers,” Holt added. “North American energy self-sufficiency will allow the United States greater leverage and transparency as we seek to further our interests abroad, such as containing nuclear proliferation and expanding human rights to oppressed populations.”

CEA-Florida Executive Director Kevin Doyle also commented on the letter.

“As the State Department undergoes this change in leadership, CEA and our members wanted to express our strong support for the Keystone XL pipeline and to remind Secretary Kerry of the broad support this project has received from hundreds of thousands of consumers across the country,” Doyle said.

“By approving Keystone XL, Secretary Kerry has a unique opportunity to further North American energy self-sufficiency and, by effect, to improve the ability of the United States to advance our foreign policy,” Doyle continued. “While the United States must continue to support the free movement of energy supplies globally, U.S. diplomats will no longer be forced to bend to the demands of foreign oil regimes like Venezuela and Saudi Arabia that sometimes operate against the best interest of the United States and its allies. Keystone XL and other projects that decrease our dependence on overseas oil will allow us to focus on more important objectives abroad.”

CEA-Florida is part of the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports the thoughtful development and utilization of natural resources to ensure affordable and reliable energy for all consumers.

See the letter sent to Kerry here.

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