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Congressman Vern Buchanan to President Obama: Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Already!

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., has released a statement calling on President Obama to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Earlier this week, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman approved a revised route for the pipeline to traverse his state.

Under pressure by environmentalists and other liberal interests, the Obama administration has so far refused to authorize the 1,700-mile pipeline connecting Canadian oil fields with American refineries.

Nebraskas approval of the Keystone pipeline means there are no more excuses, Buchanan said in his statement. This long-studied project offers us a prime opportunity to increase our nations energy security and strengthen the economy by creating tens of thousands of new American jobs. Its time to put aside the partisan rhetoric and start tackling Americas energy crisis. I urge the president to authorize this project immediately.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is a privately-funded project that would transport crude oil from Canada's tar sands region in Alberta to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. Once complete, the pipeline will carry 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada, which is currently the largest exporter of crude oil to the United States, supplying over 20 percent of the U.S.'s daily oil imports.

This country needs a comprehensive, all-of-the-above energy plan that reduces our dependence on foreign oil, Buchanan concluded.With gas prices threatening an already-struggling economy, its time to approve the Keystone pipeline and the thousands of jobs it will support.

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