Tom Horne Pushes for Keystone XL Pipeline Approval in Petition to John Kerry

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne wants the Keystone XL Pipeline project approved ASAP, citing its supposed benefits in a petition to the Obama Administration.

Horne and 20 other state attorneys general have sent a petition to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the project's approval. But the move seems to be more about showing support for Republicans than any enthusiasm toward the project.

Horne's office didn't issue any news release about the August 9 petition and declined to comment on the matter. The office required a couple of days to locate it a copy of the petition for public release.

The Keystone XL Pipeline won't run through Arizona. But according to Horne and the other states' top cops, the project will "bolster the nation's economy, modernize the country's energy infrastructure, and strengthen our national security."

Only one of the petition's signers was a Democrat: Chris Koster of Missouri. All the others are Republican.

The project has been delayed numerous times due to lawsuits and environmentalist concerns about oil spills and the effect of burning all that new shale oil on Earth's atmosphere. Critics say the project won't create as many jobs as supporters claim, and that it'll actually result in higher gas prices.

Most Americans support the project, polls show.

We don't know if the project is as great as advocates like Horne claim. But we're well aware that our vehicle does not run on solar power.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.