Imagine for a moment the State Department analysis had come back and said the opposite – that approving the pipeline would increase greenhouse gas emissions by 28 to 42 percent. Certainly, under Obama’s unambiguous Georgetown standard, he would veto it. So with the results so favorable to the pipeline, it should be equally simple and obvious for him to approve it.
Especially because lives are at stake. The State Department looked at the safety implications of rejecting the pipeline and found “potentially an additional 49 injuries and six fatalities for the No Action rail scenarios compared to one additional injury and no fatalities for the proposed Project on a yearly basis.”
There has never been a more shovel-ready project in history than the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been exhaustively engineered, studied, reviewed, and re-reviewed. At stake are over 42,000 construction jobs, a more secure supply of North American oil, billions in private investment, and the global efficiency benefits of connecting a major crude source to the world’s most efficient refining center by pipe.
It’s a win-win for the economy and the environment.President Obama should strike a blow against global warming by approving the pipeline.
Phil Kerpen is president of American Commitment, a columnist on Fox News Opinion, chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition, and author of the 2011 book Democracy Denied.
American Commitment is dedicated to restoring and protecting America’s core commitment to free markets, economic growth, Constitutionally-limited government, property rights, and individual freedom.
Washingtonian magazine named Mr. Kerpen to their "Guest List" in 2008 and The Hill newspaper named Mr. Kerpen a "Top Grassroots Lobbyist" in 2011.
Mr. Kerpen's op-eds have run in newspapers across the country and he is a frequent radio and television commentator on economic growth issues.
Prior to joining American Commitment, Mr. Kerpen served as vice president for policy at Americans for Prosperity. Mr. Kerpen has also previously worked as an analyst and researcher for the Free Enterprise Fund, the Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Kerpen currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Joanna and their daughter Lilly.