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API Chief: North America Can Be Energy Self-Sufficient By 2026

Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute told a gathering of the World Affairs Council Houston that the pursuit of energy security is the key to solving today’s economic problems.

API CEO Jack GerardGerard argued that North America could become energy self-sufficient within fifteen years.  But the API chief said moving in that direction would provide more immediate economic benefits.

“We can create a million new jobs in the United States over the course of the next seven years. We can generate another $127 billion to the Federal Treasury without raising any taxes in the next ten years.”

Gerard said White House approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline is critical to achieving energy self-sufficiency. The pipeline would link the Alberta tar sands with Houston and Port Arthur, providing the US with a steady supply of Canadian crude oil. 

“That’s sitting on the President’s desk. We’re hopeful he’ll make a decision in the next thirty to sixty days. There’s really no reason why that pipeline should not be approved.”

Earlier this week, Houston Congressman Gene Green sent a letter to President Obama, co-signed by twenty-one other House Democrats, endorsing the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline has encountered stiff political opposition from environmental groups, as well as a number of House Democratic leaders.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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