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Keystone will end U.S. reliance on Mideast oil

All the oil we need can be sourced right here in North America.

Regarding Paul Romney's recent letter to the editor about the Keystone XL pipeline, Keystone is being built to connect crude oil producers in Canada and the Bakken region directly with refineries in the Gulf Coast ("Keystone veto was in U.S. interest," March 1).

Sourcing oil through this project will displace equally or more energy intensive oil that the U.S. currently imports from Venezuela and the Middle East.

The U.S. currently imports more than 7 million barrels of oil per day. Approving this pipeline not only fills a need, it makes a statement that the U.S. will not continue to send billions of dollars overseas to regimes that are fundamentally opposed to American values. The oil we need can be sourced right here in North America.

Mark Cooper, Alberta, Canada

The writer is acting team lead for media relations at TransCanada Corp.

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