Another former Obama official backs Keystone XL as review hits snag

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Former Obama administration officials are lining up in support of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline as a Nebraska court ruling threatens to delay a final decision on the controversial pipeline.

The latest to back the Canada-to-Texas project is Marcia McNutt, who led the U.S. Geological Survey from 2009 until 2013. Currently the editor-in-chief of the journal Science, she wrote in an editorial that, "I believe it is time to move forward on the Keystone XL pipeline," so long as Canada commits to greenhouse gas emissions reductions, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

McNutt is the latest in a list of former Obama administration officials who have said they would approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Those officials include former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and a pair of former national security advisers, Tom Donilon and James L. Jones.

The administration, however, hasn't indicated a decision is coming any time soon. The State Department just initiated a 90-day interagency review process that will be used to determine whether building Keystone XL is in the national interest. But even then, there's no timeframe for a final call from the White House.