The Keystone XL pipeline looks like it will get a vote in the United States Senate really soon. Even the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, is showing support for a vote. Pipeline supporters outnumber their opponents in the Senate, yet lack the two-thirds majority to override a presidential veto.
As the largest infrastructure project that has been proposed in the United States, the Keystone XL Pipeline Project will provide work for over 42,000 Americans who will directly and indirectly help in the manufacture and construction of the pipeline. The pipeline will add $172 billion to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) by 2035 and create an additional 1.8 million jobs in the U.S. over 22 years.
The pipeline would also provide an additional 830,000 barrels a day of crude oil from Canada. This additional energy supply will help the United States with its current dependence on the importation of over 15 million barrels a day. On top of increased U.S. energy production and pipelines like the Keystone XL, the United States will become more energy independent quickly over time.