"53 Senators Urge Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline"

"More than half the Senate on Wednesday urged quick approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ramping up pressure on President Barack Obama to move ahead with the project just days after he promised in his inaugural address to respond vigorously to the threat of climate change."

"A letter signed by 53 senators said Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's approval of a revised route through his state puts the long-delayed project squarely in the president's hands.

"We urge you to choose jobs, economic development and American energy security," the letter said, adding that the pipeline "has gone through the most exhaustive environmental scrutiny of any pipeline" in U.S. history. The $7 billion project would carry oil from Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast."

Matthew Daly reports for the Associated Press January 23, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"53 Senators Urge Approval of Keystone XL, Letter Says" (Reuters)

"How Much Will Tar Sands Oil Add to Global Warming?" (Scientific American)

"Scientists: Backing Keystone Pipeline Would 'Undermine' Obama's Climate Legacy" (E2Wire/The Hill)

"Incoming! New Report Notes 14 'Carbon Bombs' Threatening To Blow The Global Carbon Budget" (Climate Progress)

Source: AP, 01/24/2013