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March 29, 2012 - In his statement regarding President Obama's remarks on energy in Cushing, OK, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said President Obama's "all of the above" energy policy "should include all available domestic sources of energy as well as resources from our North American allies." Expounding on his meaning, Timmons said "This means expanded exploration of the Outer Continental Shelf, additional development of shale, nuclear, clean coal, and the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline."

Manufacturers Urge President Obama to Go Further and Approve the Entire Keystone XL Pipeline

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National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)
1331 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC, 20004

Press release date: March 22, 2012

Higher Energy Prices Hurt Manufacturers' Competitiveness and Stifle Job Creation

Washington, D.C. - National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement regarding President Obama's remarks on energy in Cushing, Okla.:

"If President Obama is serious about an 'all of the above' energy policy, it should include all available domestic sources of energy as well as resources from our North American allies. This means expanded exploration of the Outer Continental Shelf, additional development of shale, nuclear, clean coal and the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

President Obama and his Administration time and time again have offered various proposals they claim will enhance our energy security, but they continue to miss the mark. The President missed a tremendous opportunity to increase our energy security when he killed the entire Keystone XL pipeline earlier this year. Now he is supporting only a small portion of the pipeline, which does not allow the United States access to Canadian crude. It is positive news that the Administration will expedite permits for this section of the pipeline. However, the real need, which is in the country's national interest, is for swift approval of the full Keystone XL pipeline, providing us access to an affordable and reliable source of energy while creating thousands of jobs immediately.

Rising energy and gas prices are hurting consumers and businesses and threaten to derail our economic recovery at a critical time. Higher gas prices will dampen new investment and job growth and increase transportation costs for manufacturers, who use one-third of all energy consumed in the United States. It's time for Washington to get serious about a real 'all of the above' energy policy to enable manufacturers to lead, innovate and create jobs."

-NAM- The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit
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Get a move on

The Keystone pipeline needs to get a move on in its construction. Peopleís livelihoodís are hanging in the balance with projects like these so keeping them waiting in suspense is not something that we should really be continuing down this road with, The keystone pipeline has the power to employ people in the here and now and also link us to future possibilities that we say that we want. Whatís clear is that we need to be realistic about what our current needs are and where we need to go and want to be. We cant do that if we keep flip flopping on the issues that are actually going to help us, such as infrastructure projects that are actually not different than things we have already proposed for labor. Letís get a move on so we can recover gracefully.

By Florian Schach on Mar 30, 2012 17:34

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