A new Rasmussen poll finds that a majority of U.S. voters still support the Keystone Pipeline:
A Rasmussen Reports survey released Monday found that 56 percent of likely voters believe the pipeline will “be good for the U.S. economy.”
The same telephone survey also found that 57 percent of likely U.S. voters at least somewhat favor building the pipeline, including 32 percent who strongly favor the project.
Critics will point to the fact that the support for the project is only slightly over 50%. However, only 28% of voters sampled opposed the project, so the overall support is much greater than the opposition. Additionally, 15% of voters remain undecided, and if you assume the undecideds split evenly, that brings the total support to around 63%.
And why shouldn’t Americans support it? Report after report has found that construction of the pipeline will help the U.S. economy. For example, it will help keep energy prices lower and more stable:
Low energy prices are a benefit to everyone, especially U.S. manufacturers — and to all of us for the goods and services we consume. The International Energy Association’s 2013 World Energy Outlook recommends that countries should look to use “indigenous sources” of energy to improve efficiency and reduce transportation costs. The report states:
“Policymakers can also boost energy competitiveness by supporting indigenous sources of energy supply, including renewables, nuclear power and unconventional gas. Regardless of the composition of energy supply, efficient and competitive markets can minimize the cost of energy to an economy . . . Lower gas and electricity prices in 2012 in the United States, relative to Europe, equated to estimated savings of close to $130 billion for the entire US manufacturing industry.”
Though its been pushed back time after time, it’s hard to imagine the pipeline being delayed past 2014. Let’s hope it is approved sometime in the first half of 2014.