API President and Chief Executive Officer Jack Gerard said today's Senate vote to override the President's veto of Keystone XL proves Washington is trying to work for the people.
“Lawmakers are listening to the American people on Keystone,” said Gerard. “That’s why Democrats and Republicans came together on this bill and that is why there are efforts to override the president’s veto. While we urge Congress to continue to fight for KXL, there should be no need for Congressional action if the president would make a final judgment on Keystone. The president has always had the authority on this and he can approve this pipeline today.
“After more than six years, it’s time to move beyond excuses and delays. If we are ever going to enhance our nation’s infrastructure we must start by making good decisions on projects that are in our national interest.”
API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million US jobs and 8% of the US economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 25 million Americans.
Adapted from press release by Hannah Priestley-Eaton