API: 69% Voters Support Keystone XL Pipeline

Sixty-nine percent of American voters favor building the Keystone XL pipeline, while 83 percent believe the pipeline would strengthen the nation's energy security and 92 percent agree jobs are important when considering the project, according to a new Harris Interactive poll released Wednesday. Strong majorities of voters in both political parties and among independents support building the pipeline, the poll found.

"The Keystone XL wraps new American jobs and energy security into a single common sense package," said API President and CEO Jack Gerard. "That's why voters overwhelmingly back it, and that's why the nation needs it and why the administration should approve it. Millions of people are still looking for jobs in the United States, and we still import nearly half our oil, much from suppliers far less reliable and friendly than Canada."

The telephone poll of 1,001 registered voters also found that the vast majority of people understood the need to link up Canadian crude oil supplies with U.S. refineries and considered it important that most dollars spent on Canadian oil by America return to the U.S. when Canadians use them to buy American goods and services. Voters also found it important that support for the Keystone XL project in Congress is bipartisan.

The Keystone XL pipeline is a six-state, multi-billion dollar, privately financed infrastructure project that would employ thousands of Americans. The project, which has passed three environmental reviews in four years, is shovel-ready, but work cannot start until the administration approves it.

API is a national trade association that represents all segments of America's technology-driven oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 500 members – including large integrated companies, exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms – provide most of the nation's energy. The industry also supports 9.2 million U.S. jobs and 7.7 percent of the U.S. economy, delivers $86 million a day in revenue to our government, and, since 2000, has invested over $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives.


The study was conducted Feb. 5-10, 2013, by telephone by Harris Interactive on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute among 1,001 registered voters across the country, with a sampling error of +/-3.0 percent.


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Rick Brown  |  February 19, 2013
Im sorry I didnt get in the poll. The U.S. badly needs this critical project for many reasons. Lets expedite the XL asap!
eric schmidt  |  February 17, 2013
So out of 1001 American voters who were polled, 690 or so of them voted in favor of this project. 690 out of roughly 50% of Americans who are of voting age and who actually cast a vote on election day. 690 out of a total population of over 300,000,000. I would argue that if you were to honestly poll every single American of voting age, and present them with unbiased information about this project and its pros & cons, you would get a vastly different set of numbers. I agree, it is good for the API, and their families. But again, these families are in the minority, as are the executives who will benefit the most should this project get approval to go forward. Personally I would rather see greater efforts put forth to develop sustainable and renewable sources of energy, of which this oil is neither.
audrey enzor  |  February 14, 2013
The Keystone pipeline is much needed to put Americans back to work. What does the President intend to do with the 34,000 veterans he intends to bring back home from the middle East and elsewhere? Will they all be homeless and jobless? The Sierra Club needs to get their priorities straight along with the no-nothing celebrities. Thank you.