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Nebraska's Capitol Hill delegation calling for action on Keystone Pipeline

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Most in Nebraska's all-Republican congressional delegation has turned their attention to President Barack Obama in the wake of a new State Department report that raised no major environmental objections to construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Congressman Adrian Smith called on Obama to follow the science and facts. "The State Department has once again confirmed the Keystone pipeline would be safe and in the best interest of our nation," says Smith. "Protecting the natural resources of Nebraska and our nation has always been a key factor in considering this project.  With today's technology, we can transport energy safely while protecting our environment." 

U.S. Senator Mike Johanns says Obama should move quickly to approve construction. "Studies have confirmed that this project will have little to no impact on our environment," Johanns said. "What it will impact is our economy by creating construction jobs and supplying energy sources from a friendly neighbor.  It's clear that this project is in the best interest of our country and should be approved."

Rep. Lee Terry, who has been a vocal proponent of the pipeline's construction, says in a statement that "President Obama is out of excuses.''
 
A spokesman for U.S. Senator Deb Fischer said she was traveling Friday and could not be reached for comment. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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