Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Would Help Reduce Gas Prices

Proos_Keystone Testimony
John testifies before the Senate Committee on Energy and Technology in support of his resolution, which urges the federal government to allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

As gas prices approach $4 a gallon, Southwest Michigan families need some relief at the pump. There is a solution to meet our needs, reduce prices and also create jobs – but it is still awaiting federal approval.

The Keystone XL pipeline project can supply the energy to a recovering economy, reduce the amount of Middle East oil imports and create thousands of construction and manufacturing jobs.

Approving it would be a good move for both Michigan families and workers.

I sponsored a resolution adopted by the Senate to urge the president and Congress to support the increased importation of oil from North American reserves and to call on the U.S. secretary of state to approve the new pipeline as part of a greater plan to drive down gas prices.

We must address America’s long-and short-term energy needs. As we look at more sustainable energy sources, we must acknowledge that – even with new energy technologies and alternatives – our economy will remain dependent on oil for decades.

Once completed, the pipeline could replace roughly 40 percent of the oil the U.S. currently imports from the Persian Gulf and Venezuela and also eliminate the need for 200 ocean tankers – reducing emissions equal to taking 4 million cars off the road.

My resolution urges the federal government to end the status quo that is hurting our economy, pocketbooks and national security. Let’s look to our Canadian friends to help put Michigan back to work, meet our energy needs and reduce the cost of filling up the family car.

By partnering with Canada and building the pipeline we can do all that, while simultaneously making the world a safer place.


Proos Urges Southwest Michigan Residents to Vacation Close to Home

WSJM – Radio

By Andrew Green

April 17, 2012

Summer is almost here, and State Senator John proos has some advice for those about to take a vacation — why not make it a staycation? Proos this week urged everyone to look at the recreation opportunities that Michigan has to offer, noting that you’re helping the state’s economy by doing so.

Proos says that there’s plenty to do right in your own backyard, pointing out that those things are easier on the wallet than some trip to another state. Go to for information on recreational opportunities and places of lodging.