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Pipeline is in our national interest — Kerry’s choice is simple

If the State Department had returned negative or even mixed environmental assessments for Keystone XL, Secretary of State John Kerry might face a difficult decision to approve construction (“All sides pressing Kerry on pipeline,” Page A1, May 28). Fortunately for him and for our economy, the State Department resoundingly concluded not just once but in each of the four assessments conducted over the past five years that the pipeline would have “no significant impacts” on the environment.

Keystone XL “would have a degree of safety over any other typically constructed domestic oil pipeline system,” according to the State Department. Every governor in states along the planned route strongly supports Keystone XL and the 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in salaries its construction would generate over the next two years.

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