Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman today approved a new route for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Canada and advocates on both sides began calling on President Obama to decide whether or not to give it the approval to be built.
Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy, said the decision "clears the way for President Obama to move quickly and also approve KXL for the benefit of our nation and its workers. After extensive public consultation and exhaustive review, the president can confidently move forward on this critical project that will increase America’s energy security and generate much needed jobs and investment."
But Bold Nebraska, a group that opposes the pipeline pointed to Obama's embrace of climate change in his inaugural address to argue against approval.
"You can not say the words the President did in his inaugural address, and then turn around and approve the pipeline," the group said in an email.
The White House isn't tipping its hand. Press Secretary Jay Carney said the State Department is conducting a review of the project and he didn't "want to get ahead of that process.
"When the State Department has something to move forward on, we'll obviously address that issue when it does," he said.