February 2, 2015
By Sean McGarvey, President of the North America's Building Trades Unions
Washington, DC — The United States Senate gave further hope to thousands of skilled craft professionals in America's heartland for whom the Keystone XL pipeline is an economic lifeline.
Considering that the U.S. construction industry continues to labor under a national unemployment rate in excess of 8%, we are grateful that a strong bi-partisan majority of 62 senators on Thursday January 29th recognized this issue as a jobs bill, and voted to put an end to a ridiculously protracted review process, one that has now taken far longer than any other cross-border pipeline project in history.
North America's Building Trades Unions urge President Obama to listen to both the will of the U.S. Congress, where significant bi-partisan majorities support the construction of Keystone XL, and to the findings of his own Department of State, which has concluded, on several occasions, that the construction and operation of the Keystone pipeline does not represent any significant increase in atmospheric carbon levels.
Jobs. Economic growth. Energy security. National security. It's time to build the Keystone XL pipeline.