Ron Wyden (OR)
Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources (Chair)
From the hometown of Portland, Ron Wyden is the senior senator of Oregon, serving since 1996. As a member of the Democratic party, Wyden is a big supporter of bipartisanship to create progress and pass effective bills. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 1981-1996. He is popular in his date due to the fact that every year he holds open town hall meetings in all of the 36 of the counties in Oregon.
Keystone XL Pipeline
The Keystone XL Pipeline connects area in Canada and the Northern United States to the Gulf Coast, providing transportation of crude oil. Two of the phases are in operation, one is currently under construction, and one is yet to be approved by the government. There have been many concerns with this project, including environmental, economical, and safety issues.
Views on Keystone XL Pipleline
Senator Wyden argues that the oil from the pipeline would most likely be sold to China, and could raise gas prices in the US. In 2011 he sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commissions asking them to call for an investigation into Canadian oil companies making illegal agreements to use the XL Pipeline to increase oil prices. It is projected that these agreements could increase a total of $4 billion in costs of fuel.