October 6, 2011 – New York – AJC is urging Secretary of State Clinton to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as a crucial step in strengthening U.S. energy security.
“AJC has long believed that energy security is a crucial element of our national security—and that the United States must set as a primary national goal a comprehensive and multifaceted energy policy that is targeted at substantially reducing U.S. dependence on oil from hostile or unstable foreign sources,” AJC Executive Director David Harris and President Robert Elman wrote in a letter to Secretary Clinton. “This policy is essential to the economic and social well-being of our country, our national security and the continuance of our broad role in world affairs.”
AJC has long advocated for a transition to a clean, renewable energy economy. Until this is accomplished, however, the Keystone pipeline should be part of short- and medium-term measures aimed at meeting U.S. oil demand. In addition, the steady flow of the Keystone supply may help curb gas-price hikes in the country.
Recognizing that the pipeline, as any development, comes with environmental hazards, AJC expects Canada and the U.S. to take every measure to reduce the risk along the proposed route. The Transportation Department has issued 57 safety requirements with which the pipeline must comply, and the State Department noted that if the conditions are met, the Keystone XL project will have “a degree of safety over any other typically constructed domestic oil pipeline system under current code.”