Proos, business and labor leaders urge approval of Keystone XL pipeline

LANSING—Sen. John Proos, Michigan business leaders, labor organizations and a bipartisan group of lawmakers used the 5th anniversary of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline petition to urge the president and the U.S. secretary of state to approve the project.

“The high price of gas impacts us all, and volatile gas prices that can shoot up 30 cents overnight make it difficult for Michigan families to live within a budget,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Republicans, Democrats, business and labor all agree that the pipeline will reduce gas prices, create thousands of American jobs as well as safely and efficiently supply the energy to our economy and reduce the amount of Middle East oil imports. Jobs are on the line, Mr. President. Let’s get people back to work.”

Earlier this year, the Michigan Senate and House approved Senate Concurrent Resolution 6, sponsored by Proos, to encourage the federal government to approve the pipeline as part of a greater plan to reduce gas prices and dependence on unstable Middle East governments.

“The president has refused to close the Chicago locks, an action that would protect the Great Lakes from invasive Asian carp, because of a desire to protect the locks’ labor unions,” Proos said. “Yet he has neglected to act on a project like the Keystone pipeline, which would greatly benefit the union workers of this state.”

John Griffin of the American Petroleum Institute noted that World War II was fought and the Hoover Dam, the Pentagon and the Space Shuttle Discovery were all built in less time than five years, the amount of time that the Keystone project has been awaiting action. 

Proos noted that the pipeline could boost oil imports from Canada to 4 million barrels a day by 2020, which would be twice what the U.S. currently imports from the Persian Gulf.

“Southwest Michigan has many skilled workers who would benefit from this huge infrastructure investment,” Proos said. “We must address Michigan’s and America’s long- and short-term energy needs. As we look at more sustainable energy sources, let’s energize our economy and create jobs by looking to our Canadian friends to help meet our energy needs.”


Editor’s Note: Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s website at: Click on “Podcasts.”

Video comments are also available on the website under “Video.”

A print-quality photograph is available by visiting Proos’ website. Click on “Photowire.”