Fortune is reporting on an interesting piece on the Keystone XL pipeline project and the huge benefit for small business. It’s a little left leaning (sorry) but I think it’s an interesting point that, yes, small business does love it. Yes, this will create jobs. Yes, this will help solidify energy independence. Yes, this plan should go forward and Obama should approve Keystone XL.
Small business owners love the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline and are pushing for its approval.
The project, which would be a potential goldmine for contractors and suppliers, has the strong support of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), a trade group that represents small businesses. In addition to lifting sales, the organization says the pipeline would help bring down energy prices and create jobs.
The Senate could vote on approving the pipeline, a 1,179-mile oil spigot from Canada to Nebraska, this week. Last week, the House of Representatives approved similar legislation.
However, President Obama has promised to veto any bill, saying that the decision about whether to build the pipeline is ultimately up to the State Department, not Congress. It’s almost a forgone conclusion that Congress doesn’t have the votes to override his opposition.
You can bet Obama and the Democrats would do anything (and believe me, they keep trying through never-ending regulatory process and “studies”) to keep this pipeline from being built. They’ll do anything that will keep a highly successful, politically convenient, job-creating project from moving forward. It’s completely insane.
The NFIB even voiced it’s whole-hearted support according to Fortune:
“NFIB applauds the House for passing Keystone XL legislation – taking a big step forward in energy independence, which will directly benefit small businesses,” Amanda Austin, NFIB’s vice president of public policy, said in a statement.
Kate Bonner, the senior manager for the NFIB’s legislative affairs, echoed her colleague. She told Fortune that energy concerns are a big concern for entrepreneurs, not only day-to-day for work, but also at home. Over the years, energy prices have topped business owners’ list of issues, she said.
Bonner also emphasized that job creation could be a boon for business along the pipeline’s route, including those in supporting industries in the area such as restaurants and retail.
Look Democrats, Liberals, Hippies, and whomever else is stalling this great boon to our society: You should listen to the majority of the people and Main Street USA and let’s do this thing already! The people want it!