Gov. Pence urges Obama to approve Keystone pipeline

Keystone pipeline
Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) has written a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project.

The letter comes after the State Department announced plans to indefinitely extend the government's review of the oil pipeline. The State Department cited ongoing litigation over its route across Nebraska. The project has taken on a life of its own as climate change activists battle with energy advocates from both parties.

Republicans are jumping at the chance to paint Democrats as powerless to rein in their own party's president. Keystone opponents are split, with some praising the delay and others chiding President Barack Obama for not vetoing the project outright.

Gov. Pence, for his part, points to the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement issued by the U.S. Department of State in January 2014, which estimated that during construction the Keystone XL project would support 42,100 jobs and $2 billion in earnings throughout the United States.  

"Though Indiana is not part of the pipeline route, Indiana still stands to benefit economically from the pipeline, especially our manufacturing industry," said Gov. Pence. "Indiana companies build engines for large trucks, pump controls, and other products that will be used during the construction and operation of the pipeline, meaning increased jobs and economic activity in Indiana."