Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is among a growing group of advocates lining up to present a case for approval and construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in the United States.
On January 22, 2013, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman announced his approval of the re-route of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline through Nebraska.
The Nebraska approval triggered an increase in momentum for the show of support for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Many supporters, including more than half of the Senate, have written letters encouraging U.S. President Barack Obama to approve the remaining northern leg of the TransCanada pipeline, a 1,897-kilometre (1,179-mile), 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline beginning in Hardisty, Alta., and extending south to Steele City, Neb.
Among the project’s many supporters, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi — a “longtime activist turned politician” — delves into Keystone XL in an engaging and informative interview with Reuters TV.
Naheed says activists should target initiatives such as car and truck emission standards in the U.S. if they really want to create a less carbon-intensive society.
Some of the key points made by Mayor Nenshi in the interview, broadcast January 25, 2013, included:
- While understanding concerns about climate change and the environment, Mayor Nenshi says construction of one additional pipeline will make no difference in the grand scheme. He says it’s unfair that Keystone XL should bear the brunt of this attention
- The development of the oil sands has an “unbelievably” important impact on the North American economy
- On what basis, he asks, are claims that the oil sands product is “dirty”? All oil is the same, he says.
- The ethics of receiving oil supply from a democratic country such as Canada cannot be underestimated
- With the decline of blue-collar jobs in Canada and the U.S., projects such as Keystone XL offer employment to those impacted by a sluggish economy.
- Watch Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s interview on Reuters TV
Following are a selection of other key media releases and news stories following the Nebraska announcement:
- Wall Street Journal Editorial: The Keystone XL objections wither away
- CTV News: Nebraska governor approves Keystone XL Pipeline re-route (features interview of TransCanada President and CEO Russ Girling
- CTV News: Nebraska Governor gives OK to Keystone XL Pipeline
- Consumer Energy Alliance: CEA commends Governor Heineman’s approval of Keystone XL Pipeline
- American Petroleum Institute: API applauds Nebraska governor’s approval of new KXL route
Following is an advertisement produced by TransCanada in relation to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s approval of the Keystone XL re-route through Nebraska: