WASHINGTON — Rep. Lee Terry was tapped to deliver today's weekly GOP address, with a focus on the Keystone XL pipeline.
The Omaha Republican has been a leading proponent of the pipeline, which would run from Canada's oil sands region to refineries in Texas.
According to an embargoed transcript of the address, the GOP's answer to the president's weekly address, Terry makes the case that approving the pipeline would help alleviate high energy bills and create thousands of jobs.
“So Keystone is primed to give our economy a shot in the arm and make energy more affordable — and it won't cost the taxpayers a dime,” Terry says.
Opponents of the TransCanada Corp. pipeline continue to raise concerns about the potential for oil spills, the effect on landowner rights and the danger that development of the oil sands could accelerate global climate change.
U.S. State Department reviews have found little environmental risk, however, and Terry argues that the reviews have dragged on for too long. He notes that the pipeline has been under review for more than 1,600 days, longer than the 1,300 days it took for the U.S. to win World War II and the 1,100 days it took Lewis and Clark to walk the Louisiana Purchase and back.
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