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Stop dallying and approve pipeline for economy's sake

Click here for complete article > Austin Statesman

February 6, 2012

By Michael Reeves, President, Ports-to-Plains Alliance

More than three years ago, the U.S. State Department began a lengthy and comprehensive environmental study of the Keystone XL pipeline a project that would deliver more than 700,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada, our neighbor, ally and largest trading partner, to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.

The department worked with scientists, engineers, other federal and state agencies, and the environmental community to make sure they were examining all potential risks and properly considering alternatives.

Last August their analysis was updated and released. The State Department's conclusion mirrored that of virtually every other independent assessment: The Keystone XL pipeline will be a safe and necessary addition to America's broader energy infrastructure.

In fact, the study noted that the pipeline would "have a degree of safety greater than any typically constructed domestic oil pipeline system under current regulations," a direct and meaningful rebuttal of critics' baseless accusations that Keystone XL will be prone to leaks and spills.

Indeed, the State Department parried many of the opponents' talking points on Keystone XL…


Committee finds $9.6 billion for $109B Senate transportation bill

Click here for complete article > The Hill.com

February 7, 2012

The Senate Finance Committee approved a $9.6 billion package of funding offsets Tuesday night for the chamber's $104 billion surface transportation bill it intends to counter a House Republican proposal to tie infrastructure spending to increased oil drilling.

The Highway Investment, Job Creation and Economic Growth Act of 2012, which contains the funding for the Senate's two-year transportation bill, eliminates most of a roughly $13 billion gap between the chamber's transportation plan and the amount brought in by the federal trust funds that traditionally fund it.  The measure was approved on a 17-7 vote Tuesday evening after GOP senators attempted unsuccessfully to include the House drilling proposal.

Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said his priority was protecting the Highway Trust Fund, which a recently Congressional Budget Office report predicted could go bankrupt as early as 2014.

"The American people are relying on us to provide the funds for their safety and mobility," Baucus said at the state of Tuesday's hearing. "They need us to ensure the funds will be there to help create jobs at a time when the construction industry still faces unacceptably high unemployment."…


Acuña insists Ports to Plains crystallization

Click here for complete article > Zocalo Saltillo

February 9, 2012

“This year we will continue working on promoting the benefits offered by the municipality of Acuña and the state of Coahuila, the businessmen promoting the project road of Ports to Plains, linking countries Canadian, U.S. and Mexico, "said the director of Municipal Economic Development, Jorge Ramon Jose Montemayor…




Opinion: Manufacturing jobs can come back

Click here for complete article > Newsday

January 28, 2012

Rep. Steve Israel is a Democrat from Dix Hills. Jim D'Addario is chief executive of Farmingdale-based guitar-string maker D'Addario & Co.

Over the last decade, we've read hundreds of obituaries for American manufacturing. We're told the jobs are headed to cheaper labor markets overseas, and with low-cost shipping and production we just can't compete. We're told America has become a service economy and that manufacturing jobs are gone for good and not coming back.

But reports about the death of American manufacturing have been greatly exaggerated. Last year was the second in a row of increased jobs in manufacturing. According to the Labor Department's December jobs report, 225,000 manufacturing jobs were added for the year -- representing 14 percent of nonfarm payroll employment increases. A total of 23,000 were added in December alone. And in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama laid out a plan to create a new era of American manufacturing, including lowering tax rates for companies that manufacture goods and create jobs in the United States and taking away deductions for outsourcing…


Senate and House to Debate Transportation Bills Next Week

Click here for complete article > Transportation Daily

February 8, 2012

Who would have predicted this last January 1?  Other than Senator Barbara Boxer and Representative John Mica, Chairs of the primary transportation committees in their Chamber, that is.

The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday at 2pm (ET) on the first of two procedural votes on MAP-21, the two-year, $109 billion transportation bill.  It is anticipated that the Senate will clear the sixty-vote threshold on that vote, as well as the second vote which is likely to occur on Monday.  Neither vote will receive unanimous approval, however.  Several Republicans have concerns about the funding level and other issues, and some Senators have concerns with provisions being added to the bill without having gone through the Committee process.  Many amendments are expected to be offered and debated to modify provisions in the bill…


Most Colorado Congress members back wind tax-break extension

U.S. Senator Mark Udall and U.S. Representative Cory Gardner are members of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Caucus and the remainder of the Colorado delegation is supporting the extension of the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit or efforts towards an all-source strategy.


Click here for complete article > Denver Business Journal

February 7, 2012

Six of Colorado’s seven U.S. House of Representatives members and both of its U.S. senators have signed a letter calling for the extension of the federal wind production tax credit, or “PTC,” that the renewable energy industry considers critical, as part of the payroll tax extension.

Signing the letter in support of the PTC (full text at the end of this article) were Colorado U.S. Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall; U.S. Democratic Reps. Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis as well as U.S. Republican Reps. Cory Gardner, Scott Tipton and Mike Coffman.

Only U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, hasn’t signed the letter, his office confirmed. “I support wind as part of an all-of-the-above energy plan,” Lamborn said in an emailed statement. “As chairman of the Natural Resources subcommittee [of the House] Energy and Mineral Resources [committee], I recently helped pass H.R. 2173, the Advancing Offshore Wind Production Act through the full committee. That bill would reduce regulatory barriers for the wind industry in seeking permits on federal lands...


Here is the full text of the letter:

Dear Chairman Baucus and Chairman Camp:

The undersigned Members of the Colorado delegation urgently request inclusion of a provision to extend the wind energy production tax credit (PTC) as your conference negotiates the payroll tax reduction package. In passing this extension, we would urge the conference committee to include a pay for as well.

The PTC has been very effective in facilitating new market penetration of wind energy and moving us toward a more diversified and cleaner energy portfolio. A delay in this extension would do enormous damage to that progress. Since its inception, the wind PTC has driven economic growth across the nation, including substantial growth in Colorado. Our state is a wind energy leader, currently generating the third highest percentage of power from wind of any state in the nation. Colorado is home to several major wind energy developers and wind turbine manufacturing facilities, employing upwards of 6,000 workers statewide. We’re also home to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a critical government lab and the world’s premier renewable energy research facility.

Unless the wind PTC is renewed in the first quarter of this year, new wind energy development projects and the thousands of jobs associated with those projects are predicted to drop off precipitously after 2012. This dire situation will be especially pronounced in Colorado, where we manufacture many of the components for wind turbines. Wind-related manufacturing workers will be the first to lose their jobs as developers stop ordering turbines for installation after the PTC ends. Companies with a footprint in Colorado have already started layoffs and several thousand Colorado jobs could be lost if the PTC isn’t extended in the near future.

While the PTC is vital to the near-term future of wind energy production in Colorado and across the nation, the credit should not exist in perpetuity, particularly as the wind industry matures. Following a prompt extension, we believe that Congress should engage in a broader conversation about an incremental phase-down of the credit over the long-term.

In a difficult economy, with thousands of high-quality jobs at stake across our state and the entire country, we urge the Conference Committee to extend the wind PTC as part of your upcoming package.




Ports-to-Plains Members introduce their experiences along the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway to large Belle Fourche audience

It was standing room only as hundreds of people packed into the Belle Fourche Area Community Center's theater Thursday for an informational meeting on the North Dakota oil boom. Pioneer photo by Heather MurschelArmed with their experiences in their own communities along the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway, members of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance provided a large South Dakota audience, hosted by the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce, their efforts in addressing the transportation and community opportunities and difficulties with the energy growth taking place along Highway 85 in North Dakota.


ND oil panel draws crowd

Black Hills Pioneer

February 3, 2012

A meeting on North Dakota's oil boom and how it is going to affect and contribute to the Northern Hills community drew hundreds of people to Belle Fourche Thursday night.

“Our hope is to provide everyone with an idea of what is going on in North Dakota and have a conversation about both the positive and the negative sides of rapid growth,” said Teresa Schanzenbach, director of the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce and a member of Belle Fourche Economic Development, the primary organizations that hosted the informational meeting. “I'm incredibly impressed with the turnout and it's great to see that we have so many people who are curious about how this all may affect us.” ...

~~~~~~~~~~Associated Press Photo By Veronica Zaragovia

SD should ready for oil boom's pros, cons: experts

Associated Press

February 3, 2012

North Dakota's oil boom brings with it tremendous wealth and enormous problems — and both are coming to South Dakota, industry experts say.

South Dakota has oil wells in counties such as Butte and Harding. The state isn't poised to compete with North Dakota — which is expected to soon become the second-biggest oil-producing state behind Texas — but experts say that crude-carrying areas should prepare to see some of the same prosperity and problems…


Speaker Newt Gingrich Confirms Attendance at Colorado Election Energy Summit

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance is a sponsor for this event and a member of the Consumer Energy Alliance. The Ports-to-Plains Alliance will have some VIP tickets for Alliance members to the event and it will be open to the public. Please contact Joe Kiely, Vice President of Operations at 303-586-1787 about availability.


For Immediate Release *** February 4, 2012

Speaker Newt Gingrich Confirms Attendance at Colorado Election Energy Summit

“I appreciate the opportunity to address the Colorado Energy Summit and discuss the dire need for a bold shift in domestic energy policy. It's time to harness our country's massive energy potential, put Americans back to work, lower prices at the pump and reinvigorate America's manufacturing base by expanding access to affordable and reliable energy.”

“We are excited to announce Speaker Gingrich will join us as a featured guest at the Colorado Energy Summit. The Speaker has a long track of supporting responsible energy development and has been an outspoken advocate for increasing development of our domestic energy resources during the ongoing presidential campaign. It’s clear Mr. Gingrich understands the importance of this issue to our nation and that he supports an all of the above energy approach that will continue to drive the nation’s economic recovery.”

“This summit has become all the more important with the Speaker’s attendance. CEA looks forward to hearing his views on the need for a robust U.S. energy strategy, including domestic oil and gas development, that will promote our continued economic recovery and drive the nation towards energy independence.”

WHERE:           Colorado School of Mines

                       1500 Illinois Street

                       Golden, CO 80401

WHEN:            February 6 2012

                       1:00pm- 5:00pm MST

RSVP:              Andrew Browning,




Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, comprised of more than 170 affiliate members, including energy consumers and producers, and tens of thousands of consumer advocates, that supports the thoughtful utilization of energy resources to help ensure improved domestic and global energy security, stable prices for consumers and balanced energy policy for America.