Michael Whatley

Most importantly, President Obama knows that 60 percent of Democrats support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. He knows that all Americans say they support the pipeline by nearly a 2-1 margin regardless of party affiliation and that more than 90 percent say that energy issues are “very important.”

As the president has said following the election, “the American people voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours.” If the president truly believes this, he will work to quickly approve the Keystone XL pipeline and embrace the hundreds of thousands of jobs it will create in the coming years. He should focus on an energy strategy that a majority of Americans – Republicans and Democrats – already agree on, not one opposed by a small but vocal minority.

The Keystone XL pipeline would go a long way in proving that the Obama administration is truly interested in an “all of the above” energy policy that will create jobs and make us more secure. And the president’s decision will be the best clue yet as to how his administration will approach energy issues over the next four years.

Michael Whatley

Michael Whatley is Executive Vice President of the Consumer Energy Alliance.