Ex-White House national security adviser calls for KXL's approval

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) is pictured alongside his outgoing National Security Advisor Gen....

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) is pictured alongside his outgoing National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones, at the announcement of Jones' resignation, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, October 8, 2010. (REUTERS/Jason Reed)

Jessica Murphy, Senior Washington Correspondent

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's former national security adviser says approving Keystone XL would send a message to "international bullies" like Russia's Vladimir Putin that the United States won't let them play games with energy security.

And retired general James Jones told the Senate foreign relations committee on Thursday that world powers are watchful as the Obama administration weighs its decision on the controversial Alberta-to-Texas pipeline project.

"Our allies, who need a strong United States and a reliable energy partner, are watching," he said.

"The developing world, which requires global energy in abundance to lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, is watching, and the international bullies who wish to use energy scarcity as a weapon against us all are watching intently."


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