U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar has responded to the surprising inquiry of a California congressman into why the State of Indiana would advocate for jobs and energy security.
Cong. Henry Waxman (D-Ca.) wrote Gov. Mitch Daniels to "learn about Indiana's interests in the proposed Keystone XL pipeline."
Lugar told Waxman in a letter that "The State of Indiana is fully justified to advocate on this issue and for private sector Hoosier jobs.
"As a lead author of Senate legislation to override President Obama's failure on the Keystone XL pipeline and as the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I appreciate this opportunity to share the importance of the project for Hoosiers and for Americans across the country.
"The Keystone XL pipeline would create thousands of private sector jobs, and it would help protect United States national security interests. It comes at no taxpayer expense, and it will strengthen our vital ties with our ally Canada.
"Governor Daniels was absolutely correct to address this issue in his response to President Obama's State of the Union Address. This is a significant project for our country which will have an important impact on our state Hoosiers need jobs and energy security."
Lugar goes on to explain the economic impact on Indiana and companies that he has visited, and the energy security threats to the nation today.