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Posted by Mark at 5/20/2013 02:20:00 PM
So what does the Keystone pipeline have to do with us, and why do we care? For us, it’s all about jobs, not construction jobs for the pipeline itself, but ongoing jobs every year for decades to come, all related to the production of oil from the Alberta oil sands deposits…
One way or the other, Canadians will eventually solve their distribution problems, with or without US governmental collaboration. To the extent this process is delayed, the producers will suffer economic loss, and their US suppliers, like Ellicott Dredges will suffer as well…including diminished employment.
We urge you to approve the Keystone pipeline as expeditiously as possible. We should rely on the proposition that the Canadians are fully capable of acting as custodians of their own environment, and that Canadian oil is not only environmentally superior to that from say Venezuela, but certainly more secure politically compared to or other existing options.
I think in terms of how to persuade the administration, for the foreseeable future the transportation industry in this country needs liquid petroleum products of one form or another. They can’t be displaced. They won’t be displaced. And that cost factors into everything that we consume whether you drive a car or not. If you consume any product, there’s transportation costs built into that. So I think we need to acknowledge – call it a ‘dependence’ on liquid fuels and say that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Energy is big part of our economy and our lifestyle.
Dear Mr. President: The undersigned businesses and organizations, which together represent virtually every sector of the entire U.S. economy, share your continued goal of creating jobs and boosting the economy through manufacturing. However, there remains a piece of unfinished business that would harness the power of manufacturing to create jobs: final approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. As you and the Congress look to spur the economy and put people to work, there can be no stronger sign of a commitment to economic growth than approving Keystone XL.
Maryland officials are seeking ways to cover the state’s half of a Purple Line’s construction costs as they seek highly competitive federal aid for the other half. How much of the state’s $1 billion share the private sector would be asked to cover is still under consideration, officials said. Dormsjo said it could be about 5 to 10 percent of the construction costs.
In any Purple Line public-private partnership, Maryland officials said, the state would own the rail line and control fares. The joint venture of private companies could pay for some or all of the design and construction costs, which the state would pay back when certain milestones have been reached, officials said.
The joint venture also would recoup its investment over an agreed-upon period as it operated or maintained the line. Because transit systems don’t make a profit, the state would make periodic payments based on whether the rail line met certain performance standards, such as keeping trains clean and on time.
Such an arrangement would ensure that the rail line is well-run and maintained, and would free up some public money during the design and construction phase for other transportation projects, state officials said.Emphasis mine.