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Roden Files Keystone XL Resolution That Matches ALEC Model

Newly sworn-in Representative Shane Roden filed a resolution yesterday urging Congress to support the Keystone XL pipeline. The resolution is clearly based on the ALEC model "Resolution in Support of the Keystone XL Pipeline". Large portions of the resolution's language either directly match the ALEC model or simply paraphrase it.

This isn't the first time this resolution has been filed, Representative Caleb Rowden filed a carbon copy of the ALEC model in 2013 and Representative Keith English filed a similar version last session

 

HCR 6 

Sponsored by Representative Shane Roden

ALEC's Model "Resolution in Support of the Keystone XL Pipeline"
WHEREAS, the United States is still many years away from ending its dependency on nonrenewable resources despite recent focus on renewable energy. In order to fuel our economy, the United States will need more oil and natural gas, while also requiring additional alternative energy sources like ethanol and other renewables; and

WHEREAS, The United States relies – and will continue to rely for many years – on gasoline, diesel and jet fuel despite the recent focus on renewable and alternative sources of energy, and

WHEREAS, In order to fuel our economy, the United States will need more oil and natural gas while also requiring additional alternative energy sources

WHEREAS, the United States currently depends on foreign imports for more than half of our petroleum usage. As the largest consumer of petroleum in the world, our dependence on foreign oil has created difficult geopolitical relationships with damaging consequences for our national security; and

WHEREAS, The United States currently depends on foreign imports for more than half of its  petroleum usage, and is the largest consumer of petroleum in the world,  U.S. dependence on overseas oil has created difficult geopolitical relationships with potentially damaging consequences for our national security; and

WHEREAS, some of the money used to buy Canadian oil will likely later be spent on imported U.S. goods and services, contrasting with the money sent to hostile oil-producing governments which may then be used to further anti-Western agendas; and WHEREAS, supporting the continued shift towards reliable and secure sources of Canadian oil is of vital interest to the United States and the State of Missouri WHEREAS, Ninety percent of the money used to buy Canadian oil will likely later be spent directly on U.S. goods and services in contrast with increasing the trade relationship with unstable regions. Supporting the continued shift towards reliable and secure sources of North American oil is of vital interest to the United States and the state of {insert state}.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-eighth General Assembly, First Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby:

(1) Support continued and increased importation of Canadian oil sands;

(2) Urge Congress to support continued and increased importation ofCanadian oil sands; and

(3) Urge Congress to ask the United States Secretary of State to approve the TransCanada Keystone Coast Expansion pipeline project that has been awaiting a presidential permit since 2008 to reduce dependence on unstable governments, improve our national security, and strengthen ties with an important ally; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That we, the members of the {insert legislative body} of the state of {insert state},

support continued and increased development and delivery of oil derived from North American oil reserves to American refineries;

urge Congress to support  continued and increased development and delivery of oil from Canada to the United States;,

and urge Congress to ask the U.S. Secretary of State to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project that has been awaiting a presidential permit since 2008  to ensure America’s oil independence, improve our national security, reduce the cost of gasoline, create new jobs, and strengthen ties between the United States and Canada ; and

 

 Multiple other bills filed in the 2015 session also match ALEC models. See our running list here