Energy Institute Launches “Partnership to Fuel America” to Support North American Energy Development

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 8:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy today launched the “Partnership to Fuel America,” a major new initiative designed to build a stronger foundation for the U.S. – Canadian energy relationship.

The Partnership will be comprised of American businesses and industries that understand the need for more energy in the United States and believe that Canada’s significant resources can help achieve that goal.

“We’re stepping up our game to ensure America has the energy it needs to fuel our recovery and remain competitive,” said Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the Energy Institute. “The U.S. is in need of more energy, and Canada has abundant resources to share with us provided we make the right policy decisions over the coming years—starting with approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Our nation will need 21 percent more energy in 2035 than we did in 2009, and Canada has the third largest proven oil reserves in the world. We need to strengthen and embrace the national and economic security benefits of the energy that our stable, reliable ally to the north provides.”

While the U.S. already imports more than 1.9 million barrels of oil a day from Canada—our largest supplier—production of Canadian oil sands is expected to rise from 1.4 million barrels a day today to 3.5 million by 2025.

To help lead the Partnership, the Energy Institute has hired Matt Koch, who previously worked on oil sands issues for the American Petroleum Institute and has worked at the White House and U.S. Department of Energy.

“Our new initiative—the Partnership to Fuel America—will put boots on the ground to educate and recruit businesses large and small to encourage the development of Canada’s vast resources,” said Matt Koch, a new vice president at the Energy Institute. “Initially, we’ll be recruiting local chambers, civic organizations and business leaders in states that will benefit from construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Over the long term, we will be building a strong network of supporters in favor of North America energy development that will improve our energy security and create jobs.”

The Keystone XL pipeline would bring 1.1 million barrels of oil a day from Canada. Construction of the pipeline will create over 20,000 jobs in the short term and hundreds of thousands of jobs over the life of the pipeline, but the permits have been stalled by the Administration.

The mission of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy is to unify policymakers, regulators, business leaders, and the American public behind a common sense energy strategy to help keep America secure, prosperous, and clean. Through policy development, education, and advocacy, the Institute is building support for meaningful action at the local, state, national, and international levels.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.