Republicans call for Keystone approval in weekly address
August 10th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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Republicans call for Keystone approval in weekly address

(CNN) – The controversial Keystone XL pipeline was the subject of Saturday’s weekly Republican address, delivered by Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.

The State Department is in the final stages of reviewing the Canada-to-Texas pipeline. Proponents of the project, many of them Republicans that Obama is looking to compromise with on key issues, say Keystone will enable U.S. energy independence, create jobs and develop important industrial infrastructure.

But detractors argue the massive pipeline effort is dangerous, inherently filthy and must be stopped.

Read Scott’s full address below.

“Hi, I’m Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina.

“On the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, my Republican colleagues and I are working to unleash the power of America’s energy sector – which will create jobs and keep more of your hard earned money in your own pockets.

“Unfortunately, President Obama cannot say the same.

“The President is so out of touch with unemployed Americans that he thinks tens of thousands of Keystone XL construction jobs are a ‘blip,’ and ‘not a jobs plan.’

“Meanwhile, the new head of the EPA said she doesn’t want to talk about jobs anymore as she writes new job killing regulations that will put tens of thousands of Americans out of work.

“That’s not leadership.

“In fact, President Obama’s failed leadership on energy policy will cost every American family more when you buy food at the grocery store, take a family vacation, or turn your air conditioner on this summer.

“Every second your refrigerator runs, the electricity to power it costs more because of the lack of an all-of-the-above energy strategy.

“And every time the government tries to pick winners and losers, billions of taxpayer dollars are wasted.

“This mindset disproportionately affects lower-income Americans, as energy costs consume a quarter of after-tax income for families making $30,000 or less.

“The bottom line is the price of energy is higher because of the President’s failed policies.

“When it comes to resources, no nation on Earth has more options at its disposal than America.

“Oil and natural gas alone support over 9 million American jobs and contribute more than $1 trillion to US GDP per year.

“Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has actively blocked and delayed new American energy production, continuing our dependence on dangerous foreign countries for energy.

“And the Administration continues to block projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline, which could support 40,000 new jobs.

“There’s no disputing the fact that energy production is down on federal lands and waters that President Obama controls.

“When President Obama took office in 2009, nearly all of our offshore areas were newly open to American energy production.

“Today, President Obama has effectively re-imposed an offshore moratorium, blocking access to American oil and natural gas resources, preventing the creation of tens of thousands of American jobs and continuing our reliance on foreign oil.

“According to a study, just in my own state of South Carolina, opening the offshore to energy production has the potential to create over 7,500 new jobs, have a statewide economic impact of over $2.2 billion annually, and generate around $87.5 million in new state revenue.

“We’ve seen success stories play out across the country – energy production on state and private lands in places like North Dakota and Texas has skyrocketed.

“In those states, energy permits can be approved in just a few weeks – compared to on federal lands where President Obama’s anti-energy red tape takes over 300 days to approve permits.

“The cost of that delay means less job creation, less economic activity and less American energy.

“So instead of playing politics with energy, we have a plan to jumpstart our economy with it.

“We want a true all-of-the-above energy strategy, because a diverse, market-based energy portfolio of nuclear, wind, solar and other renewables means more competition and lower prices for consumers.

“Republicans will work to stop government policies that are driving up energy costs preventing businesses from hiring new employees.

“There is simply nothing Americans cannot do if the innovation and ingenuity of the private sector is allowed to flourish in the open market.

“Opening access to responsible energy production will lower prices, create jobs, grow our economy, decrease dangerous dependence on foreign oil and lower the deficit by adding much needed revenue to the treasury.

“Republicans will continue working to get government out of the way, which will unleash the potential of a new American energy economy – creating jobs, bringing costs down and keeping more of your hard-earned money in your pockets.

“Thank you and God Bless America”

Filed under: Energy • Tim Scott
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. David

    How does the GOP assertion that the pipeline will allow for energy independence make sense when the oil comes from another country and only a handful of long term jobs would be created?

    August 10, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. John

    GOP cry's for pipline

    August 10, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. sifto

    why does obama have to be so sarcastic about everything? He is not the first failed president.....

    August 10, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Liz the First

    The repugs need to learn that money isn't a good enough reason to do everything. the survival of the human race and life on this planet are more important than making rich people even richer. if we don't wean ourselves off filthy energy sources, our children and grandchildren will pay a horrible price. i've got news for these righties. you're not going to be raptured away from climate change!

    August 10, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. steve

    I tend to favor the pipeline. Not because it will unleash energy in rh US (it won't, that oil is headed on the open market). The pipeline is safer than trucking it and that is already occurimf.

    August 10, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Ceratisa

    Many more part time jobs will be created and the amount of jobs created isn't factoring in the indirect job growth. The other method of transport is dirtier and if the U.S. doesn't use it China will, which has no real pollution standards.

    August 10, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. king

    these repubs was saying it was Obama fault for the high gas prices last year, saying that obama is not drilling enough. now oil is pouring in America like rivers and gas is even higher than last year, i wonder if the repubs will now say its because of the pipeline not being built why gas prices are so high. when will these people stop lessening to the repubs propaganda lies.

    August 10, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    If he approves it, it should be called the JOHN BOEHNER PIPELINE so everyone will know who to blame when it leaks and pollutes all the water in the crop growing states.

    In fact, run a section of it through his section of Town in Cincinnati.

    August 10, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Why is South Carolina butting into the business of Nebraska?

    I guess there is nothing to fix in SC (except voting, and the "fix" has been in in that state for 200 years.

    August 10, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. Mike Texoma

    If you did not know that America is on track for energy independence for the first time ever, this idiot might scare you. If you did not know that this Canadian Crude oil is comparatively very dirty, this idiot might scare you. If you did not know that the route the pipeline was to take took it across America's most critical fresh water resource, and that we and the Canadians are working on the assessment of the new proposed route, this idiot might scare you. If you knew that the real jobs potential of this pipeline is much closer to 4,000, this idiot might scare you. These guys talk to us llke they believe we are idiots, as well.

    August 10, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. Steveo

    I say no! Why? This slop is going on the world market, to the highest bidder, and it is not for us! Yet the world market does not mind that we take all the risk (just one spill and we will have a terrible environmental mess) and that risk is too high! We have plenty of natural gas, work that!

    August 10, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. geg

    cheaper oil RIGHT ,just like the iraq war was going to give you cheaper oil.the oil will be exported to china and americans will pay at the pump and pay for the cleanup spills .once the tar sands hit american soil ,its your problem

    August 10, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. S. B. Stein

    So, is there going to be any acceptance of climate change with this and more money for renewable energy research? I don't see how this is going to create lots of jobs. People who build do it (theoretically) once and then some jobs to maintain the pipeline.

    August 10, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  14. J.V.Hodgson

    AS I heard things the shale oil and gas fracking is playing a major role in reducing heating gas gas Bills because its cheaper than kerosene ( heating oil) and gas fired electricity power generation plants are converting from coal to gas and just make more profit than pass savings onto consumers.
    The keystone pipeline is more like 2000 jobs and for certain is not 40,000. look at independent agency data nor political hacks its a Canadian resource and most of it will be exported to china and elsewhere.
    Local offshore drilling whether he likes it or not there is substantially more offshore drilling now than when BUSH left office, despite the BP disaster.... and US imports of oil are I understand GOING DOWN NEITHER BUSH NOR Obama control the price of oil it is internationally controlled by major producers.
    If you think, that even if the good ole USA could produce enough oil for its total demand from within the USA, that they would only marginally affect the price per barrel of oil. the oil giants would not lower the price of domestic oil. if you think they would grow up its business / profit/ not politics.

    August 11, 2013 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  15. Thomas

    Energy independence , oil from Canada ?

    Imagine spending the money on a new grid and solar .

    August 11, 2013 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  16. Marie MD

    The rethugs/teatrolls remind of a Seinfeld episode in which George decided to do everything completely opposite of who he was and whatbhe though and he had more success.
    Whatever the repugs do or say we need to do the exact opposite and succeed. Their oppressive ideas start at the state level. We need to stop them. No more red governos, senators or reps.

    August 11, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |

    The GOBP Big Oil shills earning their paychecks.

    August 11, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  18. T

    ........How is Canadian oil..NOT FORGIEN OIL?

    August 11, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  19. Norma Vessels

    No pipeline! We have enough of them polluting our country .. we don't need more misery. No!

    August 11, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  20. Gurgyl

    Obama, please do not allow this JOB-KILLER project. Creates all Minimum wage. Environmental damage too. Push ALTERNATE ENERGY instead. God bless. Why not Canadians open this in their land????

    August 11, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. Pete

    The Keystone pipeline will only create a couple thousand jobs for a couple of years,that's all..Maintenence crews will be small at first until it ages then all hell will break loose...Keystone has catastrophic leaks in Michigan,Arkansas and are still cleaning them up and are now considered Superfund Sites by the EPA,like that!!We have more domestic crude in places like N,S Dakota,Montana,Colorado and Texas than all the middle east combined,we need no imports period..N,SDakota,Montana over 7.8 trillon barrels of crude and Colorado has over 1 trillion that hasn't been really touched yet..US geological surveys recently stated we have never seen so much untouched crude and doesn't include the monsterous amount of untouched natural gas stateside as well more than all international countrys combined...So check out these geological sites and you'll see we're not really dependant on anybody and if you research our oil consumption since Pres.Obamas inaugeration has gone down over 15-20% because of him calling for more fuel efficient and hybred cars to run our country,much more than Bushs ever had!!

    August 11, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  22. w l jones

    The only thing the Keystone pipeline would do is cost the American TAXPAYERS monies for all kind of repair across the country and not put one penny into our economy.

    August 11, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. tara

    I'm Canadian and I think the pipeline would be disastrous for both countries. The Republicans are using the idea only to bash Obama. If Obama was behind the scheme, you can be sure the Republicans would be against it.

    The reason so many Americans put domestic oil and Canada in the same sentence is that they think Canada isn't really a sovereign nation, that the border is nothing more than a line on a map, and that Americans are entitled to take whatever we have.

    August 11, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. ge

    the pipe comes from India,the oil comes Canada.the oil goes to China.Sounds like a American tax payer winner .if ever there was one.

    August 11, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Gurgyl

    We Americans do NOT need this pipeline–we NEED THE ALTERNATE ENERGY. OBAMA, PLEASE WORK FOR IT.

    August 11, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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