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Letter of Support for Keystone XL from 36 Unnamed Congressmembers

December 29, 2010

A couple of articles in the last few days have announced that 36 or 39 members (the number varies depending on the news source) of Congress have signed a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in support of the Keystone XL pipeline. None of the reporting includes the text of the letter or the names of the signatories. The only Congressman named is Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) and a call to his office requesting a copy of the letter met with a friendly response but ultimately no letter. So who are the other signatories? Does anyone have a copy of the letter? Is anybody reporting the news instead of just reprinting press releases?

Lamborn released the following statement on the eve of the Copenhagen climate negotiations, so we know where he’s coming from.

I am concerned that any job-killing, cap-and-tax style treaty could seriously harm American families and small businesses.  Our economy is facing a skyrocketing national debt and 10 percent unemployment. We must reject any attempt by international bureaucrats to stifle economic growth with a massive energy tax or by huge transfers of wealth from the U.S. to other countries.

Right now in Congress, if the Democrat cap-and-tax bill were to be enacted into law, one analysis indicates it will reduce gross domestic product by nearly $400 billion annually.  According to a study by the National Black Chamber of Commerce, cap-and-trade would cut net employment by 2.5 million jobs. Any such tax on an international scale would likewise devastate our economy.

Additionally, any such treaty could undermine American sovereignty.  The United States should not be legally bound to submit domestic decisions about energy and emissions to international inspection, compliance, and enforcement.  We already have too many unelected bureaucrats in our U.S. government, and adding an international layer- one that is not accountable to the American taxpayer – is completely unacceptable.

I urge the President to make American workers and families his top priority. We cannot afford to keep killing jobs by misguided policy decisions. Reject this ill-conceived scheme of international wealth transfer.

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