WASHINGTON — Nebraska’s entire congressional delegation, all Republicans, urged President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week to quickly approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, just signed off on the controversial project, saying it poses little environmental risk. Pipeline opponents say the governor based that decision on a flawed study. They are continuing efforts to convince Obama to stop the pipeline.
Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer joined all three House members, Reps. Lee Terry, Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith, in signing the letter supporting the project.
“We believe this route and the state’s environmental review meet your criteria and successfully resolve concerns to move us toward greater American energy security,” they wrote to Obama. “We respectfully request that you complete this process so that Nebraska and our nation can continue to work towards energy independence, improving our economy, and putting Americans back to work.”