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”

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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Teemu Mäkinen

    Senator Scott doesn't comment or counter argue the reasons behind opposing Keystone pipeline even once in his message. Has political deliberation really come to this? Ads against ads.

    August 10, 2013 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  2. Marie MD

    The keystone pipeline will NOT give us Canadian oil. It will cut through the heartland and if, when, there's a spill (horizon anyone?) it's the US who will need to cleanup (Vazquez anyone?)
    It will only help Canada. The same country who gave us Ted McCarthy cross now in Texas because they like him even less.

    August 10, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  3. anonoymous

    Funny how the gop claims that Mr Obama is out of touch with the american people when in fact it's the gop that's out of touch. The Keystone pipeline is not only answer to jobs. If they stopped trying to over turn aca maybe they could come up with a real jobs bill.

    August 10, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  4. Dixie

    This all sounds really good but can he get the votes to get it done? I'm really tired of the political mine is bigger than yours. If everyone would sit down and compromise maybe things would work out. We should be putting our own interests (USA) ahead of anyone else. Let's not depend on other countries for oil and gass. We can develope alternative sorces of energy but they aren't developed enough at this time. We need to get to work and make money. We need lower prices on gas, lower prices in the grocery store. If our leaders would just work together things would get better faster.

    August 10, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  5. Tom from Canonsburg

    I continue to think that it is a mistake to take this oil supply to Texas. In the past the GOP has stated that we don't have enough refineries. Why not build refineries in Montana and other locations much close to the source? Texas continuously speaks of seceeding from the union. Why invest any more money in an area that doesn't really want to be part of the USA anyway?

    August 10, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  6. ge

    how do you get energy independent ,when the tar sands is for export only

    August 10, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  7. Larry in Houston

    I think they should go ahead & go with the pipeline, because this country will never really get off of our oil addiction. Why do I say that ? take a look at all those other things, such as solar, if it's so good, how come it hasn't caught on by now, I mean big time ? How come battery operated cars hasn't caught on yet, I mean big time ? This stuff has been around us for years now. And there isn't that much interest in going totally for solar & battery, (I mean totally) I'm not talking about other things that operate on solar & battery. such as solar lights, & battery operated toys & majority of any small items. I am talking about Huge things, such as : this country going totally on battery or solar. Why ? Because this country cannot do it, it would be almost impossible to do it. We need oil, period.
    So, bottom line is this : we need to open up all federal lands, and private, and go for the keystone pipeline, Can you imagine how much cheaper energy bills would be for everyone ? I mean everything, cheap gas, everything you buy, will be much cheaper. If the democrats go along with the republicans on this keystone oil thing, and if there is anything that happens to go sour, then the Democrats will end up blaming the republicans for all the "spills" and all the oil leaks, and all the dirty water, and everything else that has been contaminated. So here is what ends up happening : the voters will never forget it, if that all happens, not only they will blame the republicans forever, but then the Democrats will be in power for decades, because it would most likely take at least a couple decades to clean it all up. Just Saying . . .

    August 10, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Tony

    My understanding is that Keystone will create at most thousands of temporary jobs for two years. A spokesman of TransCanada, the company that is hoping to construct the pipeline, said that Keystone will create 20,000 jobs. However, TransCanada's chief executive and an economist that produced the 20,000 figure said that the 20,000 jobs are actually 20,000 "job-years." Each job-year represents the amount of work that can be done by one person in one year. So if the pipeline takes two years to build, which is the actual estimate by the company, there will only be 10,000 jobs for two years, and the jobs will disappear after two years. The State Department estimated that only 10 to 15 percent of the jobs will go to American workers. Most of the jobs will go to companies that will make the pipes and equipments for the pipeline, and they will be companies outside of the U.S.

    August 10, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. Donkey Party

    I lost count of all the lies in that. Anyone that believes the GOP is truly an idiot.

    August 10, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. MaryM

    READ what these tar sands oil spills have destroyed in the U.S and Canada. Especially read about the spills in Michigan and Arkansas

    August 10, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. peppey

    We have more than enough resources here. we do not need foreign aid on fuel. If we drill, frack, nat gas etc we don't need other countries help. It would create jobs, lower unemp, more tax money for the gov to waiste. We are suppose to have smart people in the gov, why cant they figure this very basic idea out ?? It works every time .

    August 10, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. onlyfacts

    Another simple fact that unless you are a brainwashed idiot (most republicans) you cannot deny. If you do 10 minutes of research you can read the info showing Exxon, BP, Shell and most other "oil" companies profits have increased incredibly over the past 5 years. Drilling and fracking has increased incredibly. As big oil companies profits increase, out price at the pump has only increased. This is due to greed and only greed. If your dumb enough to think it's ANY presidents fault than you are nothing but stupid! If you continue to believe the GOP lies that Obama policies are hurting the gas and oil industry then you are a brainwashed idiot. TransCanada's website also states that Tar sands crude will add significantly more CO2 to the atmosphere. Experts say if we keep processing tar sands we will pass the point of no return. Fox news and big oil lobbyist have you fooled and they get payed to fool you. This is your environment! Big oil profits are not yours! Seems like an easy choice to a logical person!

    August 10, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. rs

    Keystone represents the ultimate failure of Republican ideology:
    1. Force people to lose homes and land use and access for a Canadian company to build across THEIR land
    2. For a project that maybe makes 2-3,000 jobs, and only 150 permanant ones- for Canadians.
    3. For a project to EXPORT more oil (very crappy oil at that) to other nations. Not reduce prices here.
    4. For a project for a company with a proven FAILURE rate in transporting oil this way.
    To sum: the one Republican jobs bill in 5 years hires VERY few people; helps hurt our economy and energy independence; is ANOTHER gift to big oil; takes away private land; and will certainly hurt the environment.
    Yup- That's what the GOP stands for.

    August 10, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Marie MD

    Keystone pipeline is only good for Canada. The oil will be sold in world markets. The US will employ 2000 to build then, poof, jobs gone.
    Better to create jobs that will take us away from gasoline dependency. Jobs like solar and wind power.

    August 10, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. wendel

    repos out of touch as usual. Tired old arguments. When will they come up with real solutions??????

    August 10, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. g

    same people said the Iraq war would pay for itself,but china got the oil-the republican party works very hard for communist china

    August 10, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. mac

    Keystone XL: America assumes all the risks while Canada and China reap all the benefits. When this project is finally built, I hope the good folks in the midwest don't whine about the higher price they will pay the the pump.

    August 10, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. onlyfacts

    Obama haters...prove that Rick Scott is not misleading everyone. You have a right to your own opinions, but not your own facts! Now is your chance to prove you aren't brainwashed idiots.

    August 10, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Dave Harris

    The pipeline is already being built, despite a few local lawsuits from landowners. Republicans keep repeating the lie that Obama has somehow blocked this. As with everything else Republicans do and say, it's not about the issue at all, it's about the racist Obama-hate.

    August 10, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Ron L

    The BIGGEST problem with the position of Senator Scott is the fact that these "20,000" jobs are not permanent jobs, and even if they were, is it really worth the risk and damage the oil tar sands present?? Does the American public know just how much difficulty this oil company is having to get permission to build a pipe line containing this oil/ tar sand to their west coast because of the risks involved. The Canadian public is fighting this company even more vigorously than the American populous. Why is the Republican party willing to risk the environment for such a short-term profit?? America is slowing reducing it's consumption of oil and if we keep focusing on REDUCING our need instead of ENABLING OUR DEPENDENCY we will continue to be on the leading edge of the new technologies that the rest of the world WILL want. If the Chinese want this dirty oil, I say let them have it. My understanding is many of the larger cities in China have pollution so bad they seldom see the sun and citizens that have respiratory issues have to wear the white cloth mask over their nose and mouth when they go outside. The future is NOT in this dirty oil tar sand and we should not be part of it's development. If the Senator wants to REALLY promote jobs for Americans, he could turn his attention to working with the Democrats and come up with a 5 year infrastructure plan to rebuild the 2 TRILLION dollars of roads, bridges, sewers, and electrical systems that would produce more long term jobs and better prepare the nation for the future. You need to understand "most" of this chatter about the keystone pipeline is a diversion to make it sound like the President is against job creation. When in reality he is against the risk the keystone pipeline represents. I only wish he were against the wide spread fraking going on. From what I have read, in 30 years we may wish we had put more restrictions on this industry. The concrete shafts they have to contain the waste water they use to get the natural gas out will only last about 30 years BY THEIR STANDARDS. What happens when "ALL" of them start to crack in 40 years and all of that contaminated water begins to intermingle with the rest of the planet. How many people will unexpectedly have there land die or there well water go bad?? WE should be looking at this industry long-term, not short term because so many people are making money on it and we see it as a path to energy independence. I am not saying to stop it completely, just look into it more closely and maybe tighten up restrictions on how close it can be done near critical aquifers, streams, and rivers. Because once you contaminate any of these waterways it takes 100's of years to clean them up (if ever).

    August 10, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. really


    READ what these tar sands oil spills have destroyed in the U.S and Canada. Especially read about the spills in Michigan and Arkansas

    Exactly. Also read about the 60 miles of the first Keystone pipeline in Texas in use since 2010 and the dozen leaks that happened in the first year of operationl. A leak on that same pipeline also spilled 21,000 gallons near Millner, North Dakota. 12 leaks in one year in a 60 mile stretch. The Texas section has been found to be rife with dents, faulty welds and deficiencies in trenching and laying of the pipe. . Even Fox News published an article stating the Keystone KL pipeline is a "bad deal".

    August 10, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Peter Clarke

    That Keystone pipeline is the biggest scam and theat to our environment ever. Hey GOP lets head over to the Koch boys house for a Bar B Que and laugh our butts off that this is for American jobs. That oil is headed for China make no mistake, right through our heartland.

    August 10, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Name Uche Agonsi

    I think oil is an ebbing business now. Why invest so much on a thing with bleak future........ And after the environmental problems, corporations will avoid tax payments to the government.

    August 10, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. rs

    One hates to say that Republicans lie, but the choice here is that either: they have no clue what they're talking about; they are delusional on this point as they are on so many others (their fake voter fraud conspiracy, or their exceedingly limited knowledge of the female reproductive system for example); or, they're lying.

    Unfortunately because this is the post-policy, post-TEA Party GOP, it's probably a toss up. You can bet on one thing however- if they support Keystone, it ISN'T because it will do anything good for America or Americans.

    August 10, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Name

    Need to read about people in Canada do not want any more pipelines. They just recently had a spill from a pipeline. Why do we want this do go through the heartland of our county? Wake up

    August 10, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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