Thursday, March 28, 2013

ALECers Get "Education" AT Canadian Tar Sands

This is a very short note to provide notice to all that the U.S. Department of State has scheduled a public meeting on the KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE for April 18, 2013 in Grand Island, Nebraska.   They will be taking comment on the Supplemental EIS recently published March 8 and up for a 45 day comment period.

Procedures for the Public Meeting

    Speakers: All members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting and state their comments for the administrative record. Persons who want to speak at the meeting will need to sign up in person at the entrance of the meeting venue. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. Those wishing to speak must be present when their turn is called or they will forfeit their time.

ALEC Blog Team | March 27, 2013 |
International Trip Provides Education for the States
By the Honorable Cliff Branan, OK (SD — 40)

After an early wake-up call to fly two hours north from Calgary, our group landed north of Fort McMurray at a facility operated by Shell. I have never seen anything like it: a sprawling modern facility in the far reaches of the North, where oil is separated from basic beach sand and the sand replaced to reclaim the land. I was impressed by the high priority and constant focus Shell places on the environment and safety of their employees.

I highly recommend this International Relations Task Force oil sands trip to others. We gained valuable information about the process, facilities, operations, environmental concern and employee safety. This first-hand experience provided an excellent education on the proper way to energy production.
After all
ALEC boasts that it has
    2,000  state legislators that support and push ALEC policy
    96  members of the US Congress that support and push ALEC policy
Thousand of ALEC-ers at the state and federal level - legislators and public servants in various state and federal offices and agencies - serving the will of their ALEC Master - the ALEC corporate profit sector members.

the number of other state federal officials
who support ALEC policy
which could be a major issue for America.

From the Common Cause documents
American Legislative Exchange Council
Natural Resources Task Force
Beth Jensen
Private Sector Member (M1)
Manager, Government Relations
13710 FNB Parkway
Omaha, NE 68154
Phone: 402.492.3400 FAX: 402.492.7491

Then in

WHEREAS, The United States relies – and will continue to rely for many years – on gasoline, diesel and jet fuel despite the recent focus on renewable and alternative sources of energy. In order to fuel our economy, the United States will need more oil and natural gas while also requiring additional alternative energy sources such as ethanol and other renewable energy sources; and

WHEREAS, The United States currently depends on foreign imports for more than half of our petroleum usage. As the largest consumer of petroleum in the world, our dependence on overseas oil has created difficult geopolitical relationships with damaging consequences for our national security; and

WHEREAS, oil shale deposits in the Bakken Reserves in Montana and North Dakota and South Dakota are an increasingly important crude oil resource, with an estimated 11 billion barrels of recoverable crude oil, and there is not enough pipeline capacity for crude oil supplies from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas to American refineries; and

WHEREAS, Canadian oil reserves contain an estimated 173 billion barrels of recoverable oil. Canada is the single largest supplier of oil to the United States at 2.62 million barrels per day and has the capacity to significantly increase that rate; and 7

WHEREAS, the Keystone XL pipeline will, when completed, carry 700,000 barrels of North American oil to American refineries in the Gulf Coast region and construction of the project will create 120,000 jobs nationwide, create $20 billion in economic growth and generate millions of dollars worth of government receipts; and

WHEREAS, A recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy found that increasing delivery to American refineries from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Alberta, as well as Texas and Oklahoma to American refineries has the potential to substantially reduce our country's dependency on sources outside of North America; and

WHEREAS, Canada sends more than 99% of its oil exports to the United States, the bulk of which goes to Midwestern refineries. Oil companies are investing huge sums to expand and upgrade refineries in the Midwest and elsewhere to make gasoline and other refined products from Canadian oil derived from oil sands. The expansion and upgrade projects will create many new construction jobs over the next five years and, in [INSERT STATE], substantially add to our state's gross state product; and

WHEREAS, The same money used to buy North American oil will likely later be spent directly on U.S. goods and services in contrast with the money sent to hostile oil-producing governments that is later used to further anti-democratic agendas. Supporting the continued shift towards reliable and secure sources of North American oil is of vital interest to the United States and the state of [INSERT STATE].

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That we, the members of the [INSERT LEGISLATIVE BODY] of the state of [INSERT STATE], support continued and increased development and delivery of oil derived from North American oil reserves to American refineries, urge Congress to support that continued and increased development and delivery, and urge Congress to ask the U.S. Secretary of State to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project that has been awaiting a presidential permit since 2008 to reduce dependence on unstable governments, improve our national security, and strengthen ties with an important ally; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the [INSERT STATE LEGISLATIVE BODY] transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to the Speaker and Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, to the President Pro Tempore and Secretary of the United States Senate, to the members of the [INSERT STATE] Congressional delegation, and to the news media of [INSERT STATE].

The ALEC International Task Force pushing tar sands on behalf of corporate members of the American Legislative Exchange Council.

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