The year 2013 opens with the US economy still sputtering, unemployment still too high, the federal government still struggling with fiscal hazard, and President Barack Obama triumphant in his bid for a second term in office. The time is perfect for executive approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The president no longer needs environmentalist political support in his reelection bid. The nation now needs him to do what's reasonable and necessary: to acknowledge that studies show risks associated with Keystone XL construction and operation to be acceptable, especially in relation to the enormous economic benefit, and to approve transit of the border with Canada.
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