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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Keystone Pipeline (H.R. 3)

May 21, 2013

The House passed H.R. 3 on May 22, 2013 to approve the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Congressman McClintock voted AYE, and spoke in support of the bill on the House floor:


Mr. Speaker:

    Since the Arab Oil Embargoes of the 1970’s that ravaged the American economy and produced mile-long lines around gas stations, an avowed goal of our nation has been to reduce our reliance on Middle East oil.

    In addition to the thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity, the Keystone pipeline will bring up to 830,000 barrels of Canadian crude oil A DAY into the American market – about HALF of what we currently import from the Middle East.

    That bears repeating: the Keystone pipeline could cut our reliance on Middle East oil BY HALF.

    The left makes much of the fact that markets are international and some of this oil may enter that market.  Possibly.  But it is far more likely that it will push Middle East oil out of the American market.

    And it comes to this: in the next international crisis, would you rather rely on Canada or Iraq for our petroleum needs?


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