Senate OKs Proos resolution urging approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to help reduce gas prices

LANSING—The Michigan Senate has approved Sen. John Proos’ resolution calling on the U.S. secretary of state to approve a new U.S.-Canada pipeline as part of a greater plan to drive down gas prices and reduce dependence on unstable Middle East governments.

“Southwest Michigan families, job providers and schools should not have to continue to struggle with high gas prices when we have a solution that can meet our needs, reduce prices and create jobs,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Approving the Keystone XL pipeline can supply the energy to a recovering economy, reduce the amount of Middle East oil imports and create thousands of American jobs. It would be a good move for both Michigan families and workers.”

Senate Concurrent Resolution 6 encourages the president and Congress to support the continued and increased importation of oil derived from North American reserves. It also urges the U.S. secretary of state to approve the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline project.

“We must address America’s long- and short-term energy needs,” Proos said. “As we look at more sustainable energy sources, we must acknowledge that – even with new energy technologies and alternatives – our economy will remain dependent on oil for decades.”

SCR 6 states that once completed the pipeline could displace roughly 40 percent of the oil the U.S. currently imports from the Persian Gulf and Venezuela.

“Much of the oil America uses comes from unfriendly governments that use our dollars for undemocratic, often dangerous purposes – including funding terrorism,” Proos said. “My resolution urges the federal government to end the status quo that is hurting our economy, pocketbooks and national security. Let’s energize our economy and create jobs by looking to our Canadian friends to help meet our energy needs.”

Proos said that increasing U.S. imports of Canadian oil will lead to the expansion of oil refineries and pipelines, providing growing investments in the U.S. and the creation of thousands of construction jobs in the Midwest. 

“Michigan has an abundance of skilled workers looking for good jobs, and this project is estimated to create thousands of construction and manufacturing jobs,” Proos said. “It is also about protecting the environment by eliminating the need for an equivalent of 200 ocean tankers, which would result in reduced emissions equal to taking nearly 4 million cars off the road.

“I sponsored this resolution to again urge the federal government to help put Michigan back to work, meet our energy needs and reduce the cost of filling up the family car. By partnering with Canada and building the pipeline we can do all that, while simultaneously making the world a safer place.”

SCR 6 now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.


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