To the editor:

As a nation, we are closing in on energy independence. Days of depending on unstable regimes in the Middle East to supply our energy are slowly coming to an end. Our domestic oil and gas production is at an all-time high.

More domestic production benefits all Americans. It creates more jobs, lowers our energy costs and improves our national security. Projects such as the Keystone Pipeline are necessary for our nation’s future economic security.

I hope our leaders in Washington will take a page from the book of common sense and approve the Keystone Pipeline immediately. Keystone will create an estimated 20,000 jobs.

I encourage our elected officials to support this project and stand up for jobs. Hopefully, President Obama will start putting some actions behind his fancy rhetoric about putting Americans back to work and supporting the middle class. The Keystone Pipeline is a great opportunity to create jobs and help America become energy-independent.

Dane Nealson

Ames