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Phil Kerpen on June 22, 2012 | Promote Economic Growth, Unlock American Energy

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 as Obama tries to kill the project without admitting that's what he's doing. At stake are about 20,000 immediate jobs, a 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. The latest news is that rather than simply say "yes," Obama is conducting yet another open-ended study.

Pipeline Death by a Thousand Studies
By Phil KerpenAC President Phil Kerpen

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 as Obama tries to kill the project without admitting that's what he's doing. At stake are about 20,000 immediate jobs, a 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. The latest news is that rather than simply say "yes," Obama is conducting yet another open-ended study.

The original permit application for the project was submitted in 2008. The State Department exhaustively reviewed every aspect of the proposal.

The State Department issued three different press releases in the spring of 2011 -- in March, April, and June -- that included this sentence: "The U.S. Department of State expects to make a decision on whether to grant or deny the permit before the end of 2011."

The president's jobs council touted the economic benefits of pipelines in its official report, saying: "Policies that facilitate the safe, thoughtful and timely development of pipeline, transmission and distribution projects are necessary."

But what if such timely development comes into conflict with ideologically motivated, powerful environmental special interests? We now know where Obama comes down.

The environmental protest crowd decided to make this into a litmus test political issue, instead of the no-brainer source of jobs and affordable energy that it really is. Their professed concern is that developing energy from increasingly-important unconventional sources, like the Alberta oil sands, will increase global warming.

Even if they're right, they're wrong to oppose the pipeline. If the Canadians can't build a pipeline to U.S. refineries, they've already announced they'll build a pipeline to export terminals on the west coast of Canada instead, from which it will go to dirtier and less efficient Asian refineries. A lose-lose for the economy and the environment.

The State Department's exhaustive review process ended last summer, and they recommended approval. All that remained was the usually perfunctory approval of the president. But Obama ignored all the reviews, the evidence, and the recommendations of his own jobs council to side with the protest crowd. He said he would wait until after his re-election to decide whether to approve it.

Congress forced his hand in a bipartisan...

Phil Kerpen on June 20, 2012 | End Regulatory Tyranny, Unlock American Energy

American Commitment President Phil Kerpen issued the following statement in response to today's 46-53 vote on the Inhofe Resolution, S.J.. Res. 37:

Senator Inhofe deserves enormous credit for forcing one of the only meaningful Senate votes that will take place this year.  Even though it came up short, this vote put every senator on the record on the critical question of where they stand on Obama's war on coal.  Combined with other MACT rules, related regulations, and the disastrous pending greenhouse gas NSPS, the stakes for affordable, reliable electricity could not be higher.

Unfortunately, only five Democrats passed the test.  We commend Mary Landrieu, Joe Manchin, Ben Nelson, Mark Warner, and Jim Webb for standing up for affordable electricity, even though it meant criticizing a president of their own party.

We were disappointed that five Republicans voted No.  Lamar Alexander, Kelly Ayotte, Scott Brown, Susan Collins, and Olympia Snowe missed an opportunity to stand up to regulatory excess.

Now our focus will shift to holding accountable the senators who most egregiously betrayed the economic interests of their states, including Lamar Alexander, Sherrod Brown, Bob Casey Jr., Kay Hagan, Claire McCaskill, Bill Nelson, Mark Pryor, Debbie Stabenow, Jon Tester, and Mark Udall.  Their constituents deserve to know that these senators are responsible for the impending skyrocketing of their electricity bills.

Phil Kerpen on June 20, 2012 | End Regulatory Tyranny, Unlock American Energy

With it now clear that there will be no vote on the Alexander-Pryor cover bill that purports to address the economic devastation of the Utility MACT rule, today's vote on the Inhofe Resolution is the only chance Alexander and Pryor will have to prevent electricity rates from going up in their states.

A coalition of 12 leading free market groups sent them this letter.

Alexander-Pryor Utility MACT Group Letter 2012-06-20

Phil Kerpen on June 20, 2012 | End Regulatory Tyranny, Unlock American Energy

The president’s Dream Act-by-dictate provides the latest evidence of this administration’s determination to push its agenda through without respect to Congress, the Constitution or the rule of law. While there are enough examples to fill a book (which I wrote and titled “Democracy Denied”), the most outrageous of all is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) being used to advance an extreme anti-energy agenda that the American people decisively rejected when Mr. Obama proposed it as cap-and-trade. Wednesday we’ll find out where every U.S. senator stands.

Read the rest at the Washington Times.

Also check out a new op-ed I have today with Carl Bearden of United for Missouri on what's at stake today for Claire McCaskill and Missouri in the Springfield News-Leader.

Take action at WarOnCoal.c

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