Gulf coast wants Keystone approved

The sign marks the spot near where the Keystone Pipeline would end in Nederland, TX. The area has a...

The sign marks the spot near where the Keystone Pipeline would end in Nederland, TX. The area has a high concentration of oil refineries. (Jackie L. Larson/QMI Agency)

JACKIE L. LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:27 PM ET

HOUSTON, TEXAS -- With Alberta bitumen languishing for want of pipelines to refineries and tidewater, on the other end of the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, the Texas Gulf Coast is crying out for Canadian crude.

David Holt, president of the North American-based Consumer Energy Alliance, says hope for the Keystone's a bi-national thing: Canadian crude is already America's number one energy partner, so a conduit to bring the safe, abundant, reliable supply of energy -- and some needed job revitalization -- into the Gulf Coast is essential.

"The bottom line is not only jobs being created in the energy sector from the Keystone pipeline, potentially, but jobs being created in all sectors of the U.S. economy and particularly on the Gulf Coast. We've seen over the last several decades a decline in jobs, so there's a lot of folks who are very anxious to get the pipeline approved, to have these jobs brought back to Texas and keep the economy going," he says.


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