Washington, DC – Today, Consumer Energy Alliance Executive VP Michael Whatley questioned U.S. Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) challenging TransCanada, the operator of the Keystone pipeline system, to stop companies, completely separate from TransCanada, from selling the product they transport.

“Think of TransCanada as a delivery company like UPS or FedEx. Now, think of a U.S. Senator telling a company like UPS or FedEx that they cannot ship products to customers unless those customers promise to not take their purchases to Europe on vacation. It just doesn’t make any sense.

“Adding safe, secure and abundant oil to the U.S. refining system from our number one trading partner will only serve to continue to put downward pressure on gasoline and diesel prices – which have been steadily falling recently in large part due to the oil and gas production revolution that is occurring in North America. It doesn’t make any sense to American drivers who will benefit from even lower gasoline prices that Keystone XL will deliver – and it does not make any sense to the American construction workers waiting to build the pipeline.”