Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Weigh in on Pipeline
OMAHA(KPTM)-The republican race for governor is full this year. Six candidates hoping to win the primary weighed in on important issues facing voters including the Keystone XL Pipeline which would transport oil from Canada across Nebraska.There's no arguing the Keystone XL Pipeline is a hot button issue and all six candidates support the project that would transport tar sands oil from Canada to the U.S.. Here is what they had to say about it:"We don't want to do something that jeopardizes the Ogallala Aquifer and I don't believe the pipeline does. I think it's the safest way to transport oil, more so than by truck or by rail and it will be the safest pipeline ever built," said State Senator Tom Carlson of Holdrege."I think we had a political process that worked, that the folks who had a concern had a chance to express it and now it's time to build the pipeline," said Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts who added "while the pipeline is being built, we will create 3,000 jobs here in Nebraska and thereafter we'll have about 300 permanent jobs.""I want to make sure that in our country we don't have to rely on sources of oil from nations that are enemies of ours. So, I want the Keystone Pipeline to be done, it's going to bring a lot of great jobs," said Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning of Lincoln."It's good for Nebraska, it's good for jobs, and more importantly it's good for energy independence in America and we have an opportunity to reduce our dependence on foreign oil," said State Senator Beau McCoy of Omaha."Pipelines need to go forward just like railroads electric lines and roads and so forth. We've gotta have progress in this country, we need the energy, so I say the pipeline ought to be built," said State Auditor Mike Foley of Lincoln."I am in favor of the pipeline. I would not have favored the first pipeline as it was originally planned. I'm a Sandhills boy, I grew up in the Panhandle and I would not have supported it but I absolutely support the current version of the pipeline," said Omaha C.P.A., Bryan Slone.Those who oppose the pipeline say it encourages continued dependence on fossil fuels among other reasons.