House Resolution 109 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 109 BY WATTS , DRAKE , PETTENGILL , GARRETT , FORRISTALL , L. MILLER , BAUDLER , HUSEMAN , CHAMBERS , LOFGREN , DE BOEF , TJEPKES , ANDERSON , DEYOE , ALONS , KOESTER , ROGERS , FRY , HAGENOW , HORBACH , VANDER LINDEN , J. SMITH , SCHULTZ , BYRNES , LUKAN , WAGNER , RAECKER , SCHULTE , JORGENSEN , DOLECHECK , HANUSA , HEIN , MOORE , VAN ENGELENHOVEN , RASMUSSEN , BALTIMORE , WINDSCHITL , WORTHAN , RAYHONS , COWNIE , SODERBERG , and HAGER A Resolution in support of the completion of the 1 Keystone XL pipeline project. 2 WHEREAS, the United States relies, and will continue 3 to rely for many years, on gasoline, diesel, and jet 4 fuel despite a recent focus on the development and 5 utilization of alternative and renewable sources of 6 energy; and 7 WHEREAS, additional amounts of oil and natural 8 gas, as well as alternative sources of energy, 9 will be necessary in order to expand this country’s 10 economy; and 11 WHEREAS, the United States currently depends on 12 foreign imports for more than one-half of its petroleum 13 usage, and as the largest consumer of petroleum in the 14 world, this dependence has created difficult political 15 relationships with damaging consequences for this 16 country’s national security; and 17 WHEREAS, oil shale deposits in the Bakken Reserves 18 in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota are an 19 increasingly important crude oil resource, with an 20 estimated 11 billion barrels of recoverable crude oil, 21 -1- LSB 5516HH (6) 84 rn/rj 1/ 3
H.R. 109 and there is not enough pipeline capacity for crude 1 oil supplies from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, 2 Oklahoma, and Texas to reach American refineries; and 3 WHEREAS, Canadian oil reserves contain an estimated 4 173 billion barrels of recoverable oil, and Canada is 5 the single largest supplier of oil to the United States 6 at 2.62 million barrels per day, and Canada has the 7 capacity to significantly increase this rate; and 8 WHEREAS, the Keystone XL pipeline will, when 9 completed, carry 700,000 barrels of North American 10 oil to American refineries in the Gulf Coast region 11 and the construction of the pipeline will create an 12 estimated 120,000 jobs nationwide, generate $20 billion 13 in economic growth, and generate millions of dollars 14 in government receipts; and 15 WHEREAS, a recent study by the United States 16 Department of Energy found that increasing oil 17 deliveries to American refineries from Montana, North 18 Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma, and Alberta, 19 Canada, to American refineries has the potential to 20 substantially reduce this country’s dependency on 21 foreign energy sources; and 22 WHEREAS, Canada sends more than 99 percent of its 23 oil exports to the United States, the bulk of which 24 goes to midwestern refineries, oil companies are 25 investing huge sums to expand and upgrade refineries in 26 the Midwest and elsewhere to make gasoline and other 27 refined products from Canadian oil, and these expansion 28 and upgrade projects will create many construction jobs 29 over the next five years, and add to Iowa’s gross state 30 -2- LSB 5516HH (6) 84 rn/rj 2/ 3
H.R. 109 product; and 1 WHEREAS, the same money used to purchase North 2 American oil will likely later be spent directly on 3 United States goods and services in contrast with money 4 sent to hostile oil-producing governments that is later 5 used to further antidemocratic agendas; NOW THEREFORE, 6 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That 7 the House of Representatives supports the continued 8 and increased development and delivery of oil derived 9 from North American oil reserves to American refineries 10 and urges the United States Congress to similarly 11 support that continued and increased development and 12 delivery; and 13 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the House of 14 Representatives urges the United States Congress 15 to request the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline 16 project, which has been awaiting a permit since 2008 17 in order to reduce dependence on unstable governments, 18 improve this country’s national security, and 19 strengthen ties with an important ally; and 20 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this 21 resolution be sent to the members of Iowa’s 22 congressional delegation. 23 -3- LSB 5516HH (6) 84 rn/rj 3/ 3