API welcomed the decision by the Nebraska Supreme Court to uphold the state's approval of the current Keystone XL pipeline route through the Cornhusker state and urged the President to determine that the project is in the national interest.
"President Obama has no more excuses left to delay or deny the Keystone XL pipeline," said API President and Chief Executive Officer Jack Gerard. “More stable domestic and Canadian oil will enhance our nation’s national and economic security. The project has strong bipartisan support on Capitol Hill and a majority of Americans want to see it approved.
"With the stroke of a pen, the President can create thousands of jobs by approving KXL," said Gerard. "The pipeline is a vital part of our North American energy renaissance and it has been delayed for far too long. President Obama needs to show leadership and say yes to middle class jobs and no to radical fringes who want to deprive all Americans of the stable and reliable fuels they need to power their daily lives.
"And if the President continues to move the goal post, then Congress must act. The political gamesmanship over KXL needs to stop. It's time to approve the pipeline."
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