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Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Heats Up

Written By: Lauren Adams
Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Heats Up

     WASHINGTON D.C. (WENY) -- It's been a controversial idea since it was introduced five years ago.  But now the debate is heating up over the possible Keystone XL Pipeline project. Opponents say building the Keystone XL Pipeline will contribute to global warming, and create the potential for a spill on American land. But supporters say the project will create jobs and improve the United States relationship with Canada.

     "This is real American jobs, on American soil, coming from North American energy," says Congressman Tom Reed.  He supports the project. He says it will help the United States with an important goal.

     "Based on the new technology and the resources that are here right on American soil. To have the ability to really confidently say that we can be energy security, in our lifetime, by 2020."

     The 1,179 mile, $7 billion proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would carry oil from tar sands in western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. Reed says, the project will benefit the country long-term.

     "We're talking about the ability to have the manufacturing rebirth in America that I see. The opportunity to make it here, sell it there," Rep. Reed comments.

     The congressman says enough research has been done - and it's time for the idea of the pipeline to become a reality.

     "It's been studied. Everyone wants this to be done safely, responsibly. Let's let the facts dictate. Right now, after years of study, and the conclusions being what they are, it's time to move forward."

     Recently, members of Congress, and other groups, have voiced their opinions on the Keystone XL Pipeline project, but one person who hasn't is President Obama.  His administration says with so many factors to consider, the president is in no rush to make a final decision.