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  • Schumer, Who Opposed Keystone XL, Calls for More Saudi Oil Production

    Responding to record-high gas prices and a potential for further disruptions in supply, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Monday requested that the State Department pressure Saudi Arabia to increase its oil production.

    The senator’s concerns are twofold: “Schumer called on the State Department to press the Saudis to publicly commit to meet their capacity potential to offset any current or future Iranian manipulation and bring down gas prices, worldwide,” reported a local broadcaster in Buffalo, NY.

    This is the same senator who opposed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which could have worked toward both of Schumer’s ostensible objectives: reduced reliance on Iranian oil, and lower gas prices through an increase in crude supplies.

    Schumer avoided some of the more heated rhetoric of his colleagues in discussing the pipeline, but his state director informed constituents on Feb. 14 that the senator “will be voting against the proposed amendment that includes Keystone XL and is working with Majority Leader Reid to defeat the amendment.”

    Schumer was referring to an amendment to the highway funding bill currently under consideration that would authorize the pipeline route as initially conceived. If built, the pipeline could transport up to 830,000 barrels of Canadian oil per day to Gulf Coast refineries.

    Critics of the pipeline argue that the pipeline is not worth building in the United States since much of the oil transported through the pipeline would be exported. Valero, a Texas oil company that was heavily involved with Keystone XL, said the “vast bulk” of Keystone oil would stay in the United States. But as Scribe pointed out at the time, American exports to Europe or other parts of the world would still reduce dependence on OPEC nations, including Iran.

    TransCanada, the company responsible for Keystone, said it would move ahead with construction of a smaller pipeline within the United States – which does not need State Department approval – while the administration considers its new application for the full pipeline.

    Like President Obama with respect to this new domestic pipeline, Schumer has no direct control over Saudi Arabia’s energy policies. Both could more proactive in addressing challenges posed by expensive oil and reliance on hostile regimes for it.

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    9 Responses to Schumer, Who Opposed Keystone XL, Calls for More Saudi Oil Production

    1. I don't think you folks understand what we're up against. The fact of the matter is that we're entirely without heroes in the energy debate. I invite you to follow the link below and see how Congress is protecting our interests. If for some reason the link doesn't work for you, Congress voted on February 15th rejecting an amendment to keep the oil here rather than exporting it and another amendment that would have required 75% of the iron and steel used in the construction of KXL be domestically mined and manufactured. No heroes. We've been sold out.
      http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/10728728-418/ho

    2. AU76 says:

      Who does Schume represent? certainly not the citizens of his state or our country….what business is it of his how much Saudi Arabia produces? In my opinion if I were a Saudi national his request is laughable. His concern should be focused on U.S. production and self sufficieny for our country. If I was OPEC, I would further reduce oil supply and therefore increase prices exponentially….they are in the business of making a profit as they should be. Our politicians (Democratic, primarily) and our president apparently are in the business of shutting down free enterprise and our supply/demand free market system but crushing business and private citizens with many layers of regulations and taxes and making it criminal to make a profit and be personally responsible in business and our private lives.

    3. AU76 says:

      Who does Schumer represent? certainly not the citizens of his state or our country….what business is it of his how much Saudi Arabia produces? In my opinion if I were a Saudi national his request is laughable. His concern should be focused on U.S. production and self-sufficiency for our country. If I was OPEC, I would further reduce oil supply and therefore increase prices exponentially….they are in the business of making a profit as they should be. Our politicians (Democratic, primarily) and our president apparently are in the business of shutting down free enterprise and our supply/demand free market system and crushing business and private citizens with many layers of regulations and taxes and making it criminal to make a profit and be personally responsible in business and our private lives.

    4. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Most free thinking American realize full well the absolute hypocrisy and just plain distorted views that Democrats, such as Schumer, (and those that voted to keep him in office) have of the this nation. It's not that they don't realize they are acting in direct conflict with the American idea. They do. It's just that they have a true hatred for this nation and what made it the greatest, most prosperous nation in the history of man. Schumer, Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and the majorty of Democrats (along with the establishment Republicans) in Washinngton want to see this nation in decline. They will make judgements and pass laws that will insure their socialist ideology controls this nation.

    5. Jeanne Stotler says:

      Someone should look into Schumer's connection to the saudi arabian oil, He needs to be brought up on charges of treason along wth POYUS ad his Atty. Gen. Probably a few others.

    6. Stirling says:

      Schumer is a shill for the enviromentalists, who think it's ok for everyone other then America to supply our oil. Shumer actions continue the dependence, which big-government wants to take the power out of the hands of hard working americans to solve our ongoing energy shortfalls.

    7. 66corky66 says:

      Schumer is a good example of the type of brain dead politians we have running this country. I am not a politician and I KNOW I could do better than any of them!

    8. Jim, CT says:

      Keystone relied on Eminent Domain for the benefit of a private corporation. The Canadian company reached agreements with most property owners, but there were a few holdouts. Rather than negotiating a higher price or rerouting the proposed pipeline, TransCanada opted to try to use the force of government to smash American's property rights. And many Americans cheered them on.

      Conservatives who opposed the outrageous Kelo decision ought to oppose the Keystone Pipeline for the same reason.

    9. Bobbie says:

      just say NO to foreign oil production and YES to American oil production!

      Like the president himself says alot for his own reasons but here we can all unite under "YES WE CAN!!!" America can be energy independent. It's only the UNCONSTITUTIONAL abuse of government authority holding America back!

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