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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.

Former Obama adviser: If you reject Keystone XL, you 'make Mr. Putin's day'

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's former national security adviser says rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline would be a gift to Vladimir Putin and a blow to the historic U.S. goal of energy independence. James Jones delivered a staunch endorsement of the project on geostrategic grounds during a Senate hearing Thursday examining whether approving it would be in the U.S. national interest.

Tutu urges US to shelve 'carbon bomb' Keystone

South Africa's peace icon Desmond Tutu on Friday urged the United States to reject Canada's Keystone XL pipeline, saying the "carbon bomb" would upend the US role fighting climate change. The Nobel Prize-winning archbishop who fought apartheid led a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to reject the 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometer) pipeline, which would bring oil from the carbon-intense Alberta tar sands into the United States.

A small carbon levy might help get KXL approved, says Saskatchewan premier

WASHINGTON - A modest levy on the oil-and-gas sector might help secure Washington's support for the Keystone XL pipeline, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said during a trip to the U.S. capital Wednesday. But he stressed that any such penalty had better be small. Wall pointed to Alberta's initial $15-a-tonne levy on greenhouse gas emissions as an example. The amount is deemed insignificant by environmentalists and Alberta's own provincial government has signalled a willingness to nearly triple the fee.

Keystone XL pipeline will be built, TransCanada CEO predicts

By Ernest Scheyder HOUSTON (Reuters) - The controversial Keystone XL pipeline will receive President Obama's blessing and be built to transport crude oil from Canada to Texas, TransCanada Corp <TRP.TO> Chief Executive Russ Girling predicted on Tuesday. Girling's confidence helps project a sense of inevitability around the $5.4 billion project, which supporters say would create badly needed jobs, and offset a recent unfavorable Nebraska court ruling and more than five years of political wrangling in Washington.

Canada writes U.S. to plug Keystone XL, offer to work together on oil pollution

WASHINGTON - The Canadian government has sent the Obama administration a letter making its case for the Keystone XL pipeline. The letter argues the merits of the pipeline on environmental, economic and energy-security grounds. It expresses a desire to work with the Americans on oil and gas issues, without wading into specifics. The three-page note is signed by Canada's ambassador to Washington, Gary Doer, and addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry.

Dozens of young Keystone protesters arrested at White House

By Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police arrested dozens of young people protesting the Keystone XL project on Sunday, as demonstrators fastened themselves with plastic ties to the White House fences and called for U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the controversial oil pipeline. Participants, who mostly appeared to be college-aged, held signs reading "There is no planet B" and "Columbia says no to fossil fuels," referring to the university in New York.

State Department IG says Keystone XL contractor followed federal rules, buoying project allies

WASHINGTON - A consulting firm that helped write an environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline complied with federal rules regarding possible conflict of interest, the State Department's inspector general said Wednesday in a report that buoyed supporters of the controversial pipeline and disappointed critics.

State Department acted properly on Keystone: report

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department acted properly in its choice of an outside contractor to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a U.S. report said on Wednesday, raising calls by the project's supporters for President Barack Obama to approve it. The State Department inspector general's report cleared the State Department of accusations by environmentalists there was undue influence by the pipeline's developer on a draft federal environmental review of the contentious project.
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