Proos calls on federal government to increase U.S. oil supply to reduce pump prices

LANSING –Sen. John Proos introduced a resolution Thursday calling on the U.S. secretary of state and Congress to approve a new U.S.-Canada pipeline as part of a greater plan to increase Canadian oil importation.

“As Michigan families deal with high gas prices this Memorial Day weekend, we must once again look hard at America’s long- and short-term energy policies,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Despite our efforts to increase the use of renewable energy, we are still many years away from ending our dependence on non-renewable resources. My resolution calls on our federal government to look to our friends to the north to energize our economy. Canada has the world’s second largest oil reserve and can help cut our reliance on the Middle East supply.”

Proos’ resolution encourages the president and Congress to support the continued and increased importation of oil derived from Canadian oil sands and urge the U.S. secretary of state to approve the TransCanada Keystone Coast Expansion 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.

“More than half of the oil we consume is from unstable governments, who may use our dollars to further undemocratic and dangerous agendas,” Proos said. “Instead of fiscally supporting these regimes, our dollars should be used to buy Canadian oil that will likely end up being spent on American goods and services.  This starts with approving a pipeline expansion that will bring millions of dollars in investment and create thousands of jobs.”

Proos added: “By looking to our neighbor for our energy needs, we can make the world a safer place, support our economy and strengthen our close ties with Canada.  I encourage my colleagues join our voice with U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton calling on the administration to put the interests of all Americans first and support increased Canadian oil importation.”

Senate Resolution 57 has been referred to the Senate Energy and Technology Committee for consideration.