We received many thoughtful questions before, during and after our Energy Nation webcast, held on January 18. Here are your energy-related questions answered.
Although we were not able to address all of them, we will provide additional answers here on our news feed over the coming weeks. Be sure to check back regularly or subscribe to the RSS feed to see when questions and answers are posted.
If you do not see your specific question, please note that many common themes emerged from submitted questions, so we have selected those representing each theme.
As API President and CEO Jack Gerard said during the webcast, the state of American energy is promising, and Americans can help convert that promise into a new reality by demanding―in this election year―that political leaders speak honestly about our nation’s energy goals.
As members of this industry, we have the power and the responsibility to come together to advocate on the issues impacting America's energy future.
Here is the first question:
Question: With 600,000 miles of pipelines in the U.S., why are there issues with Keystone? (Submitted by Charles S. to energynation.org)
Answer: The expansion of the Keystone pipeline into Keystone XL was originally proposed in 2008. As the pipeline crosses state and international borders, construction is highly regulated by many federal, state, and local agencies.
Despite the fact that the Keystone XL Pipeline would create jobs and boost the nation’s energy security–20,000 jobs in two years and connect U.S. refineries to increased supplies of secure Canadian crude oil–the Obama administration has put the brakes on the project.
Mark Green at the American Petroleum Institute said, “Even though the only question the president had to answer was whether the 1,700-mile project is in the national interest, he settled on a different calculus―re-election politics.”
Let's face the facts. Canadian oil sands are being developed. Oil will be a part of our energy equation for the foreseeable future, and we have the opportunity to secure the energy we will need from a friendly and reliable trading partner―Canada.
Particularly in this election year, let’s make energy a ballot box issue . Visit Vote4Energy.org to learn more.