The Keystone XL Pipeline, bringing crude oil from the rich, oil sands regions of Alberta, Canada, to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, was blocked last week by the Obama administration. It's a decision that means the loss of thousands of jobs. Reconsideration of the pipeline is now delayed until after the U.S. presidential election. Approval of the pipeline would have meant thousands of new jobs and added stability in oil prices and supply. Also, we would have realized direct benefits here in Utah.
In November of 2011, I represented Utah as part of a National Council of State Legislatures' tour of the oil sands developments, specifically, Alberta's Fort McMurray region. I returned home with several lasting impressions.