The Keystone XL pipeline—an approximately $7-billion project that complements the original Keystone Pipeline and nearly doubles the size and capacity of the system with an extension to the Gulf Coast—has been in the planning stages since 2008. This additional energy source from our North American Free Trade Agreement
neighbor should be built. One of the key objectives to securing the nation's long-term economic security is the need to expand our access to safe, secure and sustainable sources of energy. The security of the U.S. and other leading economies in the world will remain threatened as long as we continue to derive a significant portion of our energy needs from hostile governments in unstable regions.