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Energy Jobs Johnny Isakson

We all know the American economy needs a boost. We need jobs. We need policies that will help create jobs, rather than the job-killing regulations being pursued and created by the Obama Administration and supported by Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid and Democrats across this country.

We need common sense. We need business leaders in Congress who know how to create jobs and keep them.

On Feb. 7, 2014, the State Department released its fifth and final environmental impact statement on the Keystone XL pipeline, concluding yet again that the project would have no significant impact on the environment. This clears the way for approval of the project. Again. The Environmental Impact Statement further indicates U.S. rejection of the permit will not affect Canada’s decision to develop these oil resources. In fact, these resources are more likely to be developed in an environmentally friendly manner if exported to the United States by pipeline. There is no question that Canada will develop these resources. The only question is whether the oil will be sold to the United States or to our economic competitors abroad. Common sense.

In 2011, then-Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said a decision on the Keystone pipeline would come before the end of 2011. On March 14, 2013, the president told the Senate Republican caucus that he would make a decision on the Presidential Permit before the end of that year. We’re now two months into 2014 and we are still awaiting what should be an easy decision for a country that desperately needs jobs. It’s just common sense.

The $7 billion, 1,700-mile, high-tech Keystone XL pipeline will carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day to U.S. refineries, including oil from Alberta, Canada, in addition to 100,000 barrels per day of light, sweet crude from the U.S. Bakken region in North Dakota and Montana. During the construction phase, the project will create tens of thousands of jobs, according to the U.S. State Department. I don’t have to explain to you or anyone with a shred of common sense the many positive effects this new energy source would have on our great nation.

The TransCanada Corporation applied for a Presidential Permit from the U.S. Department of State to construct and operate the Keystone XL pipeline in 2008. For six years, the Administration has had the opportunity to evaluate this application including any environmental considerations. The Obama Administration is putting politics over good policy.

This lack of common sense is what I am fighting against on your behalf every day in Washington. As a business leader my entire adult life, I have created jobs. I know that creating one new job causes a multiplier effect.

I am asking for your support for my reelection campaign to help me continue these common sense conservative policies. Can you donate $25, $50, $100, $500, $1,000, $1,500 or $2,600 to help make sure that Georgians’ best interests continue to be served in Washington?

February 20, 2014

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