Sen. Green: U.S. must increase oil supply to reduce gas prices

LANSING—A resolution urging Congress and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to adopt a new U.S.-Canada pipeline as part of a greater plan to increase Canadian oil importation was recently introduced in the Michigan Senate, said state Sen. Mike Green, who co-sponsored the resolution.

“As we head into another summer of high gas prices, it’s time our political leaders in Washington do what’s necessary to alleviate the burden at the pump for Michigan families,” said Green, R-Mayville. “This resolution calls on the federal government to work with our Canadian friends to tap their vast resources in order to reduce our dependence on the Middle East.” 

Senate Resolution 57, sponsored by Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, encourages President Barack Obama and Congress to support continued and increased importation of oil derived from Canadian oil sands.  It also urges the U.S. secretary of state to approve the TransCanada Keystone Coast Expansion pipeline project that has been awaiting a presidential permit since 2008.  The result of these actions would reduce dependence on unstable governments, improve our national security, and strengthen ties with an important ally.

Green said working with our allies to the north not only reduces dependence on oil from potential adversaries in the Persian Gulf Region and elsewhere, but will likely also boost Michigan’s economy over time.

“Utilizing Canada’s rich oil sands to power America will reduce our gas prices at the pump,” said Green. “Building the pipeline will attract millions of dollars in investments in the U.S. and create thousands of jobs here, while strengthening our ties with a strategic partner in Canada. This partnership will, over time, direct capital back into our economy through sales of Michigan made goods and services. It’s a win-win.”

The resolution was referred to the Senate Energy and Technology Committee for consideration.