Senator Tim Scott, Colleagues Call for No-Strings-Attached Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline
Senator Tim Scott, Colleagues Call for No-Strings-Attached Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline Opposes Proposals to Raise Taxes, Impose Further Regulations if Pipeline Is Approved
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Washington - U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and 23 of his colleagues sent a letter today to President Barack Obama calling for his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline without any additional strings attached. Recently, opponents of the project have proposed stipulations such as a burdensome carbon emissions tax and expanded regulations if the pipeline is ultimately approved. Construction of the pipeline is projected to be a significant job creator in the country's energy sector.
"The Keystone pipeline is a common sense, ready-to-start initiative that will strengthen North America's energy future," Scott said. "Instead of using the project as a political football to raise taxes and place even more burdensome regulations on job creators, we should embrace this opportunity to strengthen our economy and get folks back to work. The pipeline has the overwhelming support of both the American people and a bipartisan majority in Congress. Let's put aside any gimmicks and make this project a reality."
According to the U.S. State Department, the pipeline's construction could create up to 42,000 jobs.
The full letter to President Obama is attached.