Dear Legislator, I am signing this petition to encourage you to Support Families and Create Jobs by Supporting the Completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The company that I work for is one of many businesses and organizations that supports the Keystone XL Pipeline. We believe the time is now to complete the work and construct this important energy infrastructure project, which will inject billions of dollars into the U.S. economy and create thousands of good-paying jobs and business opportunities - for both construction workers and vendors - at a time of high unemployment and challenging economic conditions brought about by a global health crisis.
If we delay Keystone XL, as well as other energy projects, this will not only threaten our overall economy but send a message to American companies working on them that our voices are not important and we are not being heard.
Why is the Keystone XL important to our economy?
The completion of the Keystone XL pipeline is not just about one person or one business. It is about jobs that will support families and tax dollars that will support communities. The pipeline will generate more than $2 billion in U.S. wages, $3.4 billion to the U.S. economy during construction, and will contribute millions in state and local taxes to communities that can use those dollars to fund schools, first responders, and roads.
Keystone XL also will provide a reliable source of fuel to the U.S. from a stable neighboring country that shares America’s values, while meeting demand for additional heavy crude at refining centers in the U.S. Midwest and Gulf Coast that employ thousands of Americans.
Keystone XL has changed significantly
TC Energy has committed to utilize only union labor to build the Keystone XL pipeline and facilities in the United States. The company has also committed to creating a $10 million Green Jobs Training Fund to aid union members in a transition to the green economy of the future.
Keystone XL has awarded more than $1.6 billion in contracts to six major American union contractors for work across three states, creating more than 7,000 union jobs and $900 million in gross union wages. Our country cannot afford to forgo these jobs as we continue to recover from the economic downturn caused by COVID-19.
Keystone XL has signed agreements with Indigenous communities to become equity owners in the project and realize transformational long-term economic benefits. This is in addition to the more than $500 million expected to be spent with Indigenous contractors, businesses and workers during construction.
The Keystone XL project construction provides significant economic benefits to local communities and citizens in the U.S. at a time when it is needed more than ever. Construction is well underway in the U.S. and nearly completed in Canada – it would be a tremendous waste not to complete the project.
I support this vital energy infrastructure project and hope I can rely on you to help see this project to its completion.