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Opponents of Keystone XL pipeline carve message into Nebraska field

NELIGH, Neb. - Opponents of a proposed pipeline to carry Canadian oil south to the U.S. Gulf Coast have carved a message of resistance into a Nebraska field in the project's path. The 32-hectare artwork, which was done last week and reads "Heartland#NoKXL," is the latest protest environmentalists and landowners have employed against TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Critics of the pipeline want President Barack Obama to reject the project because they fear it could contaminate groundwater and contribute to pollution.

Obama faces pressure from Democrats to approve Keystone by May 31

WASHINGTON - Barack Obama is being pressured by members of his own party to approve the Keystone XL pipeline by May 31, in a letter that pushes the pipeline issue toward centre stage in the last election during his presidency. The president has received a letter from 11 pro-pipeline Democratic senators — nearly half of whom face midterm re-election battles this fall that will help determine whether their party keeps control of the Senate.

11 Senate Democrats urge Obama to approve Keystone XL oil pipeline by end of May

WASHINGTON - Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested re-election races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May. The five-year review of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline has been "exhaustive in its time, breadth and scope" and has taken longer than reasonably justified, the senators wrote to the president. Approval of the pipeline is needed to ensure pipeline operator TransCanada does not miss another construction season, the senators' letter said.

Democratic senators press Obama for Keystone decision by May 31

By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eleven U.S. Democratic senators urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31. "We need a definitive timeline laid out, a timeline that reduces the comment period for federal agencies, officials and other entities," the senators wrote to Obama. "We cannot miss another construction season."

Obama's new ambassador to Canada assumes post after nine-month delay

OTTAWA - Barack Obama's new envoy to Ottawa says building a strong economy doesn't have to come at the expense of protecting the environment. "Today you can be pro-economy and pro-energy and considerate of the environment," Bruce Heyman, the former Chicago investment banker and major Democratic Party fundraiser, said Tuesday as he became the new U.S. ambassador to Canada. Heyman formally took up his post, vacant for nine months, after presenting his credentials to Gov. Gen. David Johnston at Rideau Hall. He then headed to a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

War of 1812 makes it into the Keystone pipeline debate at U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON - A funny thing happened today in the United States Capitol: the War of 1812 came up in the Keystone XL pipeline debate. There were plenty of jokes about the old conflict between Anglo nations during a news conference featuring Canadian ambassador Gary Doer, two U.S. lawmakers and American veterans. The good-natured teasing occurred during a more serious discussion about whether approving the pipeline would make the U.S. militarily stronger.

Democrats grapple with election-year dilemma over Keystone XL oil pipeline

WASHINGTON - Democrats are grappling with an election-year dilemma posed by the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Wealthy party donors are funding candidates who oppose the project — a high-profile symbol of the political debate over climate change. But some of the party's most vulnerable incumbents are pipeline boosters, and whether Democrats retain control of the Senate after the 2014 midterm elections may hinge on them.

Beyond the hype, Keystone would yield few permanent jobs

By Alistair Bell STEELE CITY, Nebraska (Reuters) - In the heated debate over whether to build the Keystone XL pipeline, the energy industry and lawmakers have predicted that the project could unleash an economic bonanza in the Midwest, and provide jobs for up to a half-million people. Kansas pipeline worker Jeremy Rippe knows better. "Short term, there will be jobs for everyone around here. Then, not many at all," said Rippe, who helps maintain a gas pipeline on the Nebraska-Kansas border.

Democrats grapple with election-year dilemma over Keystone XL oil pipeline

WASHINGTON - Democrats are grappling with an election-year dilemma posed by the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Wealthy party donors are funding candidates who oppose the project — a high-profile symbol of the political debate over climate change. But some of the party's most vulnerable incumbents are pipeline boosters, and whether Democrats retain control of the Senate after the 2014 midterm elections may hinge on them.

Democrats grapple with election-year dilemma over Keystone XL oil pipeline

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's former national security adviser said Thursday that Obama should approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message that "international bullies" can't use energy security as a weapon.
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