On ALEC’s blog site today you will find the following post by Karla Jones –
Director of International and Federal Relations at American
Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
Washington D.C. Metro Area | International Affairs
Karla Jones | April 19, 2013 | Add a commentThe U.S. Department of State will accept comments through Monday, April 22, 2013 on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Keystone XL Project. Comments of support for the pipeline should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.The Task Force on International Relations has concluded that ultimate approval for the pipeline is in the national interest, for the following reasons:
She forgot to say THE ALEC Task Force on International Relations
This is the task force where foreign nationals sit down with US state legislators and write “model legislation” to be passed in US State houses and at the federal level – without oversight by the US State Department.
And here is what the THE ALEC Task Force on International Relations, and the foreign nationals on that task force say about XL
The Keystone XL Pipeline is environmentally sound. According to the Environmental Impact Statement released by the U.S. Department of State in 2011, “the Keystone XL Pipeline will have a degree of safety over any other typically constructed pipeline under current code and a degree of safety along the entire length of the pipeline system similar to that which is required in High Consequence Areas;”construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline would add less than 1 percent of additional pipeline to America’s current 180,000 miles of pipeline;transporting Canadian oil via pipeline is significantly less risky than other modes of transport, such as rail;Canada will continue to develop Alberta’s oil sands with or without the Keystone XL, but construction of the Keystone XL will result in thousands of American jobs;the Province of Alberta has proven itself a responsible steward of the environment, restoring Boreal forests to their original condition once oil sands mining operations in an area are completed; andthe Keystone XL pipeline will also transport oil from the Bakken fields of North Dakota, facilitating the already strong economic growth there.
Oh – by the way – Transcanada Pipelines is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)..