Murkowski Urges President Obama to Approve Keystone XL

Murkowski Highlights the Energy, Economic Security the Project Would Provide America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the top Republican on the United States Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Lisa Murkowski recently participated in a Senate floor conversation focused on energy and pressured President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline – pointing out how projects like this are consistent with her recently-released national energy blueprint: Energy 20/20.  The colloquy was led by Senator John Hoeven, R-ND and included a bipartisan group of eight senators.

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“In my Energy 20/20 document, I focus on five different areas that we need to talk about when it comes to energy policy. Our energy should be abundant, affordable, clean, diverse and secure,” Murkowski said. “And when we talk about the fifth one – security – this is where the Keystone XL project really comes in to play.”

Murkowski also highlighted the ripple effect that construction of the pipeline would have throughout the U.S. economy, providing not only an ample supply of energy, but also jobs and other economic benefits that ripple from a project this level.

“It is energy security from the perspective of reducing our reliance on those countries that we don't necessarily like, removing ourselves from the need to import OPEC oil, and having the ability to control our destiny from a perspective of abundance rather than from scarcity,” Murkowski said. “We should look to our friends and neighbors. We should work with the Canadians. The president should sign the Keystone XL pipeline bill into law. He should make it happen.”