The Washington Post / ABC News poll released today found support for building the Keystone XL Pipeline is at 65%. The news comes on March 7th, deadline day for submitting public comments to the U.S. State Department as they are gauging whether or not building the final leg is in the best interest of the United States. Consumer Energy Alliance and its partners recruited over 500,000 people to tell Washington, DC they support building Keystone XL.
Americans support the idea of constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the United States by a nearly 3 to 1 margin, with 65 percent saying it should be approved and 22 percent opposed, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The findings also show that the public thinks the massive project, which aims to ship 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta and the northern Great Plains to refineries on the Gulf Coast, will produce significant economic benefits. Eighty-five percent say the pipeline would create a significant number of jobs, with 62 percent saying they “strongly” believed that to be the case.
At the same time, nearly half of those interviewed — 47 percent — say they think Keystone will pose a significant risk to the environment.
That so many Americans back the pipeline, even with environmental risks, highlights the quandary facing President Obama and his top aides as they weigh whether to approve the proposal.
Several poll participants interviewed this week said they are convinced the pipeline represents the safest way to transport the oil the United States needs from a reliable ally, Canada. But a liberal minority — most of whom strongly support the president — said it will deepen the country’s dependence on fossil fuels and exacerbate climate change.
“I’m concerned about the environment, but we also use a lot of oil and we need to transport that oil,” said Laura Dabose, 54, a retiree in Palm City, Fla.. “There’s an inevitability in it. It’s just a matter of finding the right route, and getting people to go along with it.”