February 1, 2012
Dear Mrs. Valadez:
In his State of the Union address last week, the President called on Congress to advance initiatives to help increase America's energy independence and help the private sector create jobs.
I could not agree more.
That is why it was extremely disappointing when the President recently rejected the Keystone XL energy pipeline which would transport oil from Canada to Texas. Construction of the Keystone pipeline, which was recommended by the President's own Jobs Council, would create tens of thousands of jobs. The initiative would also further develop our vast energy resources and partner our country with North American allies to lessen our dependence on hostile regions of the world.
Gas prices in Minnesota have doubled since January 2009. Lisa, a constituent from Carver County, commutes about 50 miles round-trip each day to work. As gas prices hovered near $4 per gallon record highs last summer, she told me she felt like she was being "sucker punched with no means of self-defense" every time she pulled up to the pump.
Four years ago, I helped champion an all-of-the-above energy policy – a strategy that will help eliminate uncertainty, bring down prices, and position America for greater energy independence now and into the future. We advanced this cause last year when House Republicans launched the "American Energy Initiative," an ongoing effort to stop government policies that are driving up gas prices; expand American energy production to lower costs and create more jobs; and promote an "all of the above" strategy to increase all forms of American energy. Click here to read more.
To receive additional updates on legislative activity and my work in Congress, visit my website at http://kline.house.gov/issues. As always, please feel free to contact me on any matter of concern to you.
Member of Congress
I should have pointed out in my response to his staff that I find it interesting that Mr. Klein didn't care about those rising gas prices when George Bush was president but instead I sent the following.
I respectfully request that Mr. Kline not misrepresent facts when sending out informational emails. Mr. Kline has assumed that the average citizen doesn't have the intelligence or inclination to do their own research on current issues.
The only thing the POTUS has done worth commending since he was elected is denying the permits necessary to build the Keystone Pipeline. Not only has such an undertaking not been proven to be environmentally safe but it does not create tens of thousands of jobs. This is clearly something Mr. Klein either hasn't educated himself on or continues to claim when he knows it to be false. TransCanada, the company requesting to build the pipeline, has already stated that little more than 6,000 jobs would be available on a given day and independent research say those numbers are inflated. Aside from the few thousand jobs that would be created, the jobs will be temporary construction, lasting two weeks to about two years. As for being independent of foreign oil. The oil is still foreign, having come from Canada, and aside from that fact, only 5% of the oil is going to remain in the U.S. with 95% being shipped out. The pipeline doesn't bring energy independence nor does it bring long term employment. What it does bring is the possibility of environmental destruction that we would not be able to overcome. So please, in the future, if you want to misrepresent the facts, send the information to someone who doesn't know better.
Clearly, Mr. Republican Kline and Mrs. Centrist Me do not see eye to eye on the issues. No harm no foul. It isn't as if I expect this man to change his view or his tactics because I write him opinionated letters about saving the environment and its inhabitants but at the very least I'd expect him to hire a group of people to review his mail and use their noggin when sending out information on all the "great work" he does. Can't my tax dollars at least go for that? or maybe I should just learn not to click on anything coming from his office.