Gov. Jay Nixon sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry today (March 3) urging the State Department to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline in order to boost American energy independence and create jobs.

“The approval and construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline will strengthen our economy, create jobs, and promote North American energy independence,” Gov. Nixon said. “Our experience in Missouri demonstrates that with the proper oversight and safeguards, these projects can help meet our energy needs, without compromising our responsibility to protect the environment.”

Gov. Nixon's letter is available in its entirety below. Click the images to enlarge the letter.

This press release provided by the press secretary for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.