From Oklahoma, The Case For Keystone Pipeline Jobs

John Boehner

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin used this week’s Republican address to urge President Obama to stop blocking middle-class jobs and sign bipartisan legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.  To help make the case, she tells the story of how the southern portion of the pipeline has already brought jobs, growth, and opportunities to her state. “Out here, that’s what Keystone is about,” Fallin says. “Not politics, not Republicans and Democrats. It’s about jobs. It’s about energy. It’s about infrastructure. And it’s about hope.”

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Associated Press: “Oklahoma governor calls for pipeline approval in GOP response to president’s radio address”
“Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has called on President Barack Obama to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would carry oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.  Fallin, a Republican, issued the call Saturday in the Republican response to the president’s weekly radio address.”

Tulsa World: “Gov. Mary Fallin pushes Keystone XL in weekly nationwide GOP address”
“Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin touted the benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline in the weekly Republican address early Saturday.  ‘Like most Americans,’ Fallin said after introducing herself, ‘I’m urging President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.’ … ‘I’m appealing to (Obama) to do the right thing, sign this bill, (and) let us finally build this pipeline,’ said Fallin. ‘Let us get our people working.  Thank you for listening, and, of course, happy Valentine’s Day.’”

The Hill: “GOP governor urges Obama to ‘do the right thing’ on Keystone”
“Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is calling on President Obama to ‘do the right thing’ and approve the Keystone XL pipeline in the GOP’s weekly address.  ‘Keystone has now been through more than six years of scrutiny—far more than any project of its kind—and it’s passed every test and cleared every hurdle,’ she said. … She portrayed the project as a boon for Oklahoma, saying the state will generate more than $15 million each year in tax revenues, the vast majority of which will go to public schools. She added that the pipeline’s construction has ‘helped fuel our state’s economic comeback’ and led to a 44 percent jump in pipeline transportation and construction jobs.”

Newsmax: “Oklahoma Governor Urges Obama to OK Keystone XL Pipeline”
“The proposed Keystone XL pipeline isn’t about politics, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Saturday, it’s about much-needed jobs and growth. … The project will support at least 42,000 jobs in the United States, according to the State Department, Fallin pointed out, and will allow the ‘safest, most cost-effective way to transport these resources’ while allowing the nation to ‘continue building our energy future and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.’”

ABC News Radio: “Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin Calls for Obama to Approve Keystone XL”
“Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma gave this week’s GOP address, calling on President Obama to abandon his promise to veto any legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline.  Fallin notes the 42,000 jobs the project would create, as well as the benefit that the approved pipeline in her home state of Oklahoma has had for the economy. The pipeline, she says, is not about statistics or politics. ‘It’s about jobs.  It’s about energy.  It’s about infrastructure.  It’s about hope,’ Fallin said. ‘That’s why I’m appealing to [Obama] to do the right thing, sign the bill, let us finally build this pipeline.’”

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