Russ Girling, TransCanada's president and chief executive officer:
Until this pipeline is constructed, the US will continue to import millions of barrels of conflict oil from the Middle East and Venezuela and other foreign countries who do not share democratic values Canadians and Americans are privileged to have, This project is too important to the US economy, the Canadian economy and the national interest of the United States for it not to proceed.
Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada’s president for energy and oil pipelines to Congress last December:
Keystone will bring many benefits to the United States, but I believe the most important role that Keystone will play is to bring energy security to the United States during what has been recently some very unsettling times overseas,
When asked by Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts if he could get assurances, “…so that this country realizes all of the energy security benefits your company and others have promised?” Pourbaix replied, “No, I can't do that,”
First and foremost, let’s point out that the Republican Party and its partners U.S. oil and Canadian oil are attempting to meld Canada (the country to our north) and Canadian oil companies into one entity, in a deceptive attempt to convince the American voter that any fight against greedy Canadian and U.S. oil companies is a fight against Canada-our “greatest ally to the north.”
Mitt Romney: "How in the world can you have a president who doesn't understand the importance of getting energy from our next-door neighbor?"
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah):
This is ridiculous. With price of gas soaring, the President blasts anyone who criticizes his lack of an energy strategy, but then he's lobbying to stop a common-sense amendment allowing Keystone XL pipeline to move forward. The President should stop lobbying against it and get behind this critical job-creating pipeline. People in Utah are a lot smarter than that - they know that more American energy provides much needed jobs, will help lower the price at the pump, and stops a dangerous dependency on foreign oil.
Let’s examine the most glaring deception in those and other Republican statements. The GOP insists the pipeline will:
A. Reduce the U.S.’s dependency on foreign oil. That means that the oil from Canada will be used in the United States in order to reduce our oil imports.
B. U.S. manufacturing jobs would be dramatically increased in the building of, and producing of the materials to construct the pipeline. Both lies.