During their weekly address, the Republicans urged President Barack Obama to approve the much-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline project. Representative Lee Terry of Nebraska said that Keystone would give the economy its much needed shot in the arm. He added that the project would make energy affordable and wouldn’t cost taxpayers anything.
TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL Pipeline goes through the United States from the Canadian border and extends to the Gulf of Mexico. At present, the White House is reviewing the project. Democrats are divided on the issue.
Labor unions and the oil industry are pressuring President Obama to support the Keystone XL Pipeline project. Environmental groups have voiced their loud opposition to it.
In the GOP weekly address last Saturday, Representative Terry asked the White House to support the project in order to lower the energy costs in the United States. He said that the project would create 140,000 jobs and improve the economy. He added that surveys showed 70 percent of Americans are in favor of the Keystone pipeline.
President Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address to wish those who celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ a joyful Easter. He said that Easter and Passover holidays give Christians, Jews and people of other faiths the chance to slow down their daily routines and recommit to loving their neighbors. Easter is celebrated on Sunday while Passover at sundown on Monday.
He said that loving our neighbors is not just of the Christian faith but of all faiths. People are called to keep their hearts with abiding compassion for all and to treat others how one would like to be treated as well. He said that this is the common humanity that binds everyone together. Americans are united in the belief that one is part of something bigger and everyone share the responsibility to look after fellow citizens.