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Harper sent Obama climate change offer to win Keystone: CBC

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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, trying to win U.S. backing for the Keystone XL pipeline, sent a letter to President Barack Obama proposing joint action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector, CBC News said on Friday.

The White House has not responded to the letter, which was sent in late August, CBC said, though Harper did meet Obama briefly during the just-ended G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Obama has the final say over whether to let the pipeline cross from Canada into the United States and has said he would only approve it if it "does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution."

The $5.3 billion pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels per day, is being proposed by TransCanada Corp.

Harper's office did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation of the CBC report.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Jackie Frank)

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