President Obama has already heard from labor unions, job creators, his jobs council, members of his own party and a majority of the American people that it’s time to approve the Keystone pipeline, and now editorial boards across the country are joining the chorus. Here’s more:
- The Washington Post: “President Obama rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline this time last year, a result that Canada had every reason to be dismayed by, as did Americans whom the project would have employed. The issue is coming back, and the president has even less reason to nix the project than he did last time.”
- The Bismarck Tribune: “The Keystone XL pipeline will aid the U.S. and its close ally, Canada, to be more energy secure. It will mean jobs and revenues for the states along the route. And for North Dakota, it will mean an additional means to get crude oil to market. The president should act expeditiously on behalf of the Keystone XL pipeline.”
- Grand Forks Herald: “This week, the governor of Nebraska approved the pipeline, pulling the last real-world obstacle out of the pipeline’s path. So, the way has been cleared for Obama to do what a bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators, among others, suggests: Approve the pipeline, thereby ensuring America’s energy security by boosting our country’s access to Canadian oil.”
- Omaha World-Herald: “Federal approval still is needed and should be granted.”
- Capital Journal: “Thune is right — Obama should act on Keystone XL. … Far better for the health of the planet would be to bring that petroleum to the U.S. and process it and use it according to the rules we’ve put in place to try to use our energy responsibly while taking care of the country we love.”
- The Knoxville News Sentinel: “One less excuse not to build Keystone XL pipeline … One by one the Obama administration’s objections to the $7 billion project, which would carry 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada’s tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast, have been met.”
Despite widespread support for the Keystone pipeline – and the 20,000 jobs and nearly one million barrels of secure Canadian oil that come with it – the Obama administration is delaying a decision until after March. The American people have already waited more than four years for President Obama to stand up to his allies and approve the Keystone pipeline. With approval from the State of Nebraska sent to the administration this week, President Obama is “the last barrier“ standing in the way of Keystone jobs, and he is out of excuses. As Speaker Boehner said this week, “he should find a way to say yes” to American jobs and energy security.