"This is a definite step in the direction of energy independence, and that's something our forefathers I guarantee you would have supported," said retired Navy Rear Adm. William L. Schachte, Jr, a Vets4Energy volunteer.
"I don't think this is a decision based of facts. I think it's a decision based on politics," Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
If President Obama decides against Keystone XL, one thing is clear: He will deal a blow to U.S. national security interests and harm relations with Canada. Americans must send a strong message to the president that this is unacceptable.
Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House on Friday approved a bill to lift a 40-year-old U.S. ban on crude oil exports.
Lifting the ban on crude oil export would not only be good for the economy, it could also benefit U.S. foreign policy.
"We need policies that will ensure that America maintains its position as a global energy leader, and further transition our nation from importing energy from unstable and unfriendly nations,"
Vets 4 Energy, U.S. military veterans who advocate for energy policies to sustain the country's national security, next week will talk to Congress about the importance of the U.S. becoming energy independent.
The head of the nation's largest veterans service organization blasted the White House today for its prolonged opposition to the job-creating Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Energy plays a vital role in the national security of a country, and one person who wants to get that message across to U.S. policymakers is Keith Pekau, a member of the group Vets4Energy, which continues to serve the nation as advocates for energy policies to strengthen America's national security.
Not only does allowing Iran to sell oil to a broader global audience improve Iran's economy, it puts American companies at a distinct disadvantage on the market. Perhaps more importantly to America, it puts our national security at risk.