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Global Supply Chains Explained … in One Graphic

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

May 10, 2017

Boeing Airplane that shows how different parts come from different places to make one plane
Global supply chains are complicated and critical, with many moving pieces.

The economic security of all businesses is on the line, and breaking down barriers and global borders unleashes the potential for increased competitiveness.

In an effort to simplify the importance of global supply chains, take a look at the graphic above.

Many pieces – from across the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia – with one grand result: a Boeing 787. Get the picture?

Read on...


Chicago Tribune Editorial: Get cracking on the Keystone pipeline: Time for the Obama administration to put thousands of people to work

What's most striking in the State Department report appears deep in the fourth of its 11 volumes, under the heading Greenhouse Gas Impacts.

Three scenarios if the pipeline isn't built:

  • If the oil instead moves to refineries by rail and tanker, greenhouse gas emissions would be 27.8 percent higher.
  • If the oil is transported by train to existing pipelines, emissions would be 39.7 percent higher.
  • And if the oil goes to the Gulf solely by train, emissions would be 41.8 percent higher. 

The obvious conclusion: The Obama administration should strike a blow for environmentalism and approve the Keystone XL project.

Click here for complete Editorial > Chicago Tribune

The U.S. State Department finally has given the Keystone XL pipeline an unexpectedly "green" light. In a Jan. 31 report, the agency found the pipeline wouldn't cause significant environmental damage. It wouldn't prompt more oil extraction. It wouldn't increase demand at U.S. refineries. And, surely to the shock of many opponents of the long-proposed pipeline, its construction actually would lead to fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the likely alternatives for moving oil.

The State Department didn't formally approve the project, but it did give direct answers to the key environmental concerns that President Barack Obama raised when he put a stall on the project last June:

No, the pipeline would not be the environmental horror that the opponents allege.

Yes, it would have a significant economic impact. It would create lots of jobs...


Call To Action: Keystone XL Pipeline in National Interest

Ports-to-Plains Alliance is asking community leaders throughout the Ports-to-Plains region to sign on to a letter commenting on the National Interest of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  In April 2013, the Ports-to-Plains Alliance submitted comments on the Supplementary Environment Impact Statement (SEIS).  That letter was signed by 227 county, municipal, economic development and chamber of commerce leaders. 

We strongly believe the Keystone XL pipeline is in our country’s best interest.   We urge you to swiftly approve TransCanada’s application and urge President Obama to issue a permit to complete the Keystone XL pipeline. 

With the SEIS finalized, the Presidential Permit review process now focuses on whether the proposed Project serves the national interest, which involves consideration of many factors: including, energy security; environmental, cultural, and economic impacts; foreign policy; and compliance with relevant federal regulations and issues.

The draft Comment Letter of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance can be downloaded here for your review.

We have until March 7, 2014 to gather signatures for this letter. If you reside in the Ports-to-Plains region and wish to have your name added to the submitted letter please send the following information to Duffy Hinkle, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at duffy.hinkle@portstoplains.com.

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