I am disappointed but not surprised that President Obama chose to veto bipartisan legislation that would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline.
While today’s decision was expected, it does not change the fact that Keystone XL would advance North American energy security and prosperity while offering the U.S. access to responsibly developed energy from a close ally and friend.
Our commitment to responsible energy development is steadfast, and our environmental standards are much greater than those of other countries that send their oil to the U.S. market every day. Alberta is the only major supplier of oil to the U.S. with a price on carbon.
Canadian and American producers have long adjusted their plans and have been successful delivering additional barrels to the U.S. market through other pipelines and rail options. As a result, our crude exports to the U.S. are forecast to increase this year.
The debate will continue and, just as I did during my recent visit to Washington, I will continue to communicate Alberta’s record as a safe, secure and reliable energy supplier, and our strong support for Keystone XL and for all infrastructure projects that advance North America’s energy interests.
ICYMI: It was a busy and productive trip to Washington, D.C., New Jersey and New York City earlier this month where I met with a variety of groups, including think tanks where we discussed responsible energy development, Editorial Boards where I had the opportunity to set the facts straight on energy and the environment, and key Senators and Congressmen in the United States. I had a great meeting with the president of the World Bank to discuss Alberta’s economy and Governor Chris Christie to discuss partnerships between our jurisdictions. I also met with many influential business leaders, who understand the value of our trading relationship and the free trade that exists between our two countries. I spoke at the United States Chamber of Congress and the Foreign Policy Association, and you can check out the full speech here: http://alberta.ca/us-chamber-of-commerce.cfm
Thank you to Rob Merrifield & Ambassador Doer who participated in many of these meetings with me. I am very proud to have them representing our interests in the United States on a daily basis. #ableg
Kung Hei Fat Choi/Xin nian kuai le to the Chinese community in Alberta! Wishing a year full of health & happiness #ChineseNewYear#ableg
More photos of the Chinese New Year celebration in Calgary last weekend here: