Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Congressman Cook Newsletter: April 22, 2014

Apr 22, 2014

Capitol Update

A Message from Congressman Cook on the Keystone Pipeline:

Once again, President Obama has put politics ahead of policy. Last week, he delayed the decision on the Keystone Pipeline yet again, under the guise of extending an already dramatically prolonged public comment period. The public has been weighing in on this issue for years and even Senate Democrats have called on the president to make a choice. 

Let’s take a moment to review some of the facts associated with building Keystone. The benefits of building this pipeline far exceed the risks. Over seventy percent of Americans support constructing the Keystone Pipeline, which will create tens of thousands of good paying jobs in states that desperately need them. Pipelines are easily the safest and most affordable way to transport crude oil. Other options, such as rail and freight are not nearly as cost effective, and are much more harmful to the environment. Both require large amounts of energy to transport the crude from point A to point B.

Additionally, there are far more instances of environmental disasters caused by non-pipeline transportation than by pipeline transportation. Study after study, especially the most recent environmental impact study performed by the State Department, has shown that building the Keystone Pipeline will have no effect on climate change and will be an environmentally safe project. 

Building the Keystone Pipeline is not just good environmental and fiscal policy, but it is also good national security policy. The more energy we purchase from close allies like Canada, the less dependent we are on sources of foreign oil from unfriendly places such as the Middle East, Venezuela, and Russia. This means we can remove a large amount of risk from our energy portfolio by importing from a close friend rather than from our adversaries. 

Continuing the endless delays for this vital energy project will lead to continued unemployment, a weaker national energy policy, continued reliance on oil from unstable regions, and a loss of faith from trade partners worldwide. This issue is too important to play politics with, and I encourage the president to do what’s best for America and approve the Keystone Pipeline. 

District Update

Hesperia and Big Bear Lake Meet and Greets a Huge Success 

With the long recess in Washington, Congressman Cook was happy to get back to the district and meet with constituents in Hesperia and Big Bear last week. Meet and greets are a vital tool in the public engagement toolbox, as they enable meaningful discourse between residents of the district and their Representative in Washington. Congressman Cook was encouraged by the level of interest shown by attendees, who were curious about both national and local issues. These events are of vital importance to Congressman Cook, who prides himself on being open to the public and a true advocate for the people of the Eighth district.

Congressman Cook's Statement on Gunnery Sergeant Richard Jibson Being Awarded the Navy Cross for Exemplary Service

The men and women of our US military continually humble me. Their bravery and courage never cease to amaze me. Thank you, Gunnery Sgt. Richard A. Jibson and Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Andrew Owensby of Marine Corps Base 29 Palms. Your service to our country is greatly appreciated.

Veterans Corner 

Disabled American Veterans Partners with Camp Corral 

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is once again joining with Camp Corral to provide a unique and fun camp experience to help our kids. This summer, more than 2,600 children of fallen and injured veterans will be attending a free week of Camp Corral. Last year, more than 200 of the camp participants were sponsored by DAV’s “Just B Kids” scholarship program. Children between the ages of 8 and 15 are invited to experience Camp Corral and enjoy a week of nonstop fun and excitement.

Anyone with a child who would like to attend Camp Corral for free, should visit for information on eligibility and applying.