Loebsack On KXL Vote: We Need Comprehensive Jobs Legislation

dave loebsack updated“It is unfortunate that Republicans have refused to move any comprehensive jobs legislation to keep jobs from going overseas. A good first start would be an immediate consideration of a long-term transportation bill so American workers can get back to work and the U.S. economic recovery can be further enhanced.” – Rep. Dave Loebsack

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement after the House voted on the Keystone Pipeline.

“I have long subscribed to the belief that the best course of action regarding energy policy is to move from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy as quickly and as feasibly as possible. I understand the concerns about the potential impact of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. At the same time, any decision such as the one regarding Keystone is hardly a simple or easy one to make. Environmental concerns are important, but so are other factors.

“In my mind, one of the most important reasons is the infrastructure jobs that will be created due to the construction of the pipeline. I am fully aware of the short-term nature of the 40,000 plus jobs that will be created by this project. But I cast my vote today in favor of creating these jobs that can’t be shipped overseas and for the countless hardworking men and women who put their hard hats on every morning so that they can put food on the table and help their children pay for college. We have seen Wall Street recover, yet working folks across Iowa and America continue to wait their turn. Our focus must continue to be on improving the economy, getting Americans back to work, and moving our country forward. It is unfortunate that Republicans have refused to move any comprehensive jobs legislation to keep jobs from going overseas. A good first start would be an immediate consideration of a long-term transportation bill so American workers can get back to work and the U.S. economic recovery can be further enhanced.

“Additionally, today’s vote marks only the beginning of the work Congress must do on energy policy during the next session and in the years beyond. First, we must do all we can to reduce carbon at its sources and ensure that polluters bear the costs of their action. This can be done by imposing a carbon fee on the pollution emitted by the use of fossil fuels, with the revenue generated returned to households. We also must extend the Production Tax Credit to continue to spur the generation of wind power, extend the Investment Tax Credit to incentivize the development of solar power, and continue other policies to enable the increased use of other renewable forms of energy. These policies will both protect our environment and create hundreds of thousands of jobs across America. These efforts will continue to move our nation on a path that practically and affordably moves us farther from reliance on fossil fuels and towards significantly more use of renewables.”

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2 Responses to Loebsack On KXL Vote: We Need Comprehensive Jobs Legislation

  1. James Christensen says:

    Mr. Loebsack’s condescending half-sentence dismissal of “environmental concerns” beggars belief. It insults the intelligence of all thinking people who pay any attention at all to the threats posed by anthropogenic climate change. It also insults the intelligence of those who know that the pipeline will in fact cross the Ogallala aquifer and thus threaten much of America’s breadbasket should a rupture occur, as they do, in fact, with considerable frequency.
    He ignores the fact that 2 years hence the pipeline will have created 50 long-term jobs while at the same time current economic policies will have created 12,480,000 jobs at the current rate. If even half are not long-term jobs, his belief that the pipeline will contribute significantly to the ongoing recovery in employment is incomprehensible.
    He rightly deplores the failure of recent Congresses to assist in fostering economic recovery from the recession, but surely the pipeline does virtually nothing to rescue Congress from this dismal record except to provide a smokescreen.
    He ignores the fact that the products of refining will enter the world market and so can go anywhere for a price (to the profit of Canadian businesses), while the waste products will be ours to dispose of in whatever way we can find to get rid of them.
    His vote on this issue betrays a superficiality of thinking and a contempt for the people of his district that I never suspected until now.
    I simply cannot understand it.

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  2. Molly Regan says:

    This is the most disappointed I have been regarding any vote of Rep. Loebsack’s. All reasons for voting the way you did, Dave are shallow. Having known you since 1998, I actually thought you would never cave to the pressure from big business. Being a strong union member for nearly 20 years, I am sure there are also construction union members who are pushing for this pipeline. But the future health and safety of your children and grandchildren, and others’ youngsters must always be taken into consideration first, not businesses or unions’ demands.You have apparently not learned the correct order of importance: Children First.

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