Sen. Roach visits Canada oil sands, urges Keystone XL

Sen. Pam Roach recently visited the oil sands in Alberta, Canada. - Courtesy photo
Sen. Pam Roach recently visited the oil sands in Alberta, Canada.
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Having recently returned from her trip to the oil sands in Alberta, Canada, State Sen. Pam Roach, Auburn-R, 31st District, announced her support for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

"The operation of Keystone XL is key to our national security and achieving America's energy independence," Roach said. "In today's world, being independent of Mideast and Venezuelan oil is imperative and in our nation's best interests."

Keystone XL also will provide, by some estimates, 5,000 permanent jobs needed during this economic downturn, Roach pointed out. Labor organizations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly support construction of Keystone XL.

Because the pipeline would cross an international border, the decision to build the pipeline rests not with Congress, but with President Barack Obama. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recommended the project not proceed. The president, under fire from environmentalists, has nixed the project.

Keystone would send crude oil from the Canadian oil sands to refineries in Texas. "The U.S. is crisscrossed with hundreds of oil pipelines. There is nothing unusual about them," Roach said.

"Pipelines are an important infrastructure within economically competitive countries," she said. "China has already committed to take the crude oil the Obama administration has now rejected. This is a travesty for the American people and our economy."

Roach said she recently proposed a memorial to Congress urging completion of the Keystone XL project. The memorial was unanimously agreed upon by the International Committee of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Roach is co-chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council's subcommittee on national security.

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