Floridians lobby Obama to approve Keystone XL Pipeline

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The Associated Industries of Florida, along with its partner Consumer Energy Alliance presented federal officials with over 24,000 public comments Friday from Floridians in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Part of a grassroots effort from all 50 states, Florida residents join with over 400,000 people supporting construction of the pipeline.

“Dependable and affordable energy is the lifeblood of manufacturing,” said Brewster Bevis, Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs of the Associated Industries of Florida. “We support the Keystone XL Pipeline because it will supply reliable, affordable supplies of energy to millions of consumers across the United States. As a large, energy-consuming state, Florida needs projects like Keystone XL.”

In addition to energy supply concerns, national security was also cited as a motivating factor.

“Keystone XL will displace energy from our enemies for energy from our ally,” said Kevin Doyle, Executive Director for Consumer Energy Alliance – Florida. “Energy prices are influenced by global events. Transforming North America into energy self-sufficiency dampens the price spikes caused by upheaval overseas. The comments we are submitting today from thousands of Floridians reflect what people across the country are saying: We need jobs, we need a stronger economy, and we need to build the Keystone XL pipeline.”

Information about the Keystone XL Pipeline, as provided in a statement by Associated Industries of Florida and Consumer Energy Alliance:

  • The Keystone XL pipeline will be the safest pipeline ever built in the United States utilizing 59 additional safety measures beyond what is required by federal law.
  • Five separate environmental reviews certified the pipeline would have minimal impact on the environment.
  • Construction will help create more than 42,000 jobs nationwide including 9,000 construction jobs building the pipeline.
  • $20 billion in new economic growth for the U.S. economy.
  •  830,000 barrels of oil per day that will flow through Keystone XL will help reduce fuel prices for families coast to coast, and dramatically improve U.S. energy security by reducing reliance on Venezuelan and Middle Eastern oil.
  • Gulf Coast refiners will turn the crude oil into gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, home heating oil, propane and kerosene.

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