From an article titled, “Approving Keystone XL Pipeline Would Be a Big Win for Obama,” from U.S. News & World Report:

Gov. Dave Heineman’s approval this week of the Keystone XL pipeline reroute through Nebraska rocketed one of America’s most important energy decisions back into headlines. After the president rejected the pipeline in 2012, the issue lay largely dormant. However, the governor’s seal and subsequent letter to the president has set the stage for an all-or-nothing situation that will not only color American energy policy for years to come, but will create or destroy thousands of American jobs.

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The Keystone XL Pipeline is a “major boon to our economy.” and to creating new jobs.

Economic analysts predict that there will be at least $1.8 billion in Nebraska as well as thousands of new jobs across the United States. However, it will take some time, probably until the year 2020.

Keystone presents the perfect opportunity to do so. Not only will the pipeline help the president by bringing unemployment down, it will show that he is capable of moving towards the center and of making decisions based on the needs of his country over the wants of his party’s fringe environmentalists. It will show that America for the next four years can rely on a more moderate and reasonable president who truly believes in an “all the above energy.” (U.S. News & World Report)

The following letter came from U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso (R-WY). They joined Senator John Hoeven, a Republican as well as 50 other Republican and Democrat senators.

I learned that the Governor of Nebraska, Dave Heineman, has approved a new pipeline route. He has also cleared the way for President Obama “to issue a supplemental environmental impact statement and a Presidential Permit for this project.” (Political News.)

“We ask you not to move the goalposts as opponents of this project have pressed you to do. We urge you to choose jobs, economic development and American energy security. It is vital for the country that you promptly finalize the SEIS and the National Interest Determination and approve the pipeline. The State Department has said that it would issue the final SEIS before the end of the first quarter of 2013. After four and a half years of study, we urge you to stick to your deadlines,” the senators wrote.

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