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Mulcair prefers cross-Canada oil pipeline, despite critical think-tank report

OTTAWA - Tom Mulcair is sticking by his assertion that piping oilsands bitumen across Canada is preferable to building the Keystone XL pipeline to the U.S. Gulf coast, despite a new report that contradicts his key assumptions. The notion of a west-east pipeline is the cornerstone of the NDP leader's energy policy. While he maintains Keystone is environmentally unsustainable and should never have gotten off the drawing board, Mulcair contends a cross-Canada pipeline would keep construction and refining jobs in Canada rather than exporting them to the United States.

Keystone pipeline backed by coalition of Democrats, Republicans, labor, business

WASHINGTON - An unusual coalition that includes Republicans, Democrats, labour leaders, business leaders, veterans groups and Canada's ambassador to the United States joined forces Tuesday to push for quick approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

U.S. lawmakers backing Keystone pipeline mull next steps

By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers voiced support on Tuesday for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, and did not rule out using legislation to force the White House to approve the Canada-to-Texas project.

Market optimism over Keystone XL pipeline sends Canadian dollar higher

TORONTO - The Canadian dollar closed higher Monday amid optimism that the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will get U.S. approval. The loonie closed off session highs but still rose 0.33 of a cent to 90.11 cents US since the pipeline would boost shipments from the oilsands and give a lift to the Canadian economy. The loonie went as high as 90.6 cents US before U.S. Treasury yields strengthened during the day as traders increasingly looked for safe havens, generally avoiding commodity based currencies, oil and metals, and equities.

Obama administration: don't ask for timeline on Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is resisting pressure to offer a clear timeline for a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Attacks from partisan opponents and questions from U.S. media are being met with the same response: don't expect a date now for a decision on whether the pipeline goes ahead. There were about a dozen questions on the subject at the daily White House press briefing Monday. On the Senate floor, the top Republican in the chamber demanded approval of the project soon.

White House: No decision on Keystone pipeline until after review of study

Washington, Feb 1 (EFE).- The White House says it will make no decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline until after closely reviewing a newly issued report from the State Department, which found it was "unlikely" that construction of the conduit would lead to a significant increase in global greenhouse-gas emissions.

Keystone XL foes look to Nebraska lawsuit, protests, elections in wake of State Dept. report

LINCOLN, Neb. - With yet another obstacle removed for the Keystone XL pipeline, opponents were pressing forward with a lawsuit to challenge the project, public protests and an effort to inject the issue into the November elections.

Good Keystone data for Harper government doesn't drain political swamp

OTTAWA - The Conservative government received some much-needed good news this week in the form of the U.S. State Department's massive and benign final assessment of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Ever since Stephen Harper called American approval of the $5.4-billion pipeline from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast a "no-brainer" back in September 2011, a lot has been riding on the eventual vindication of the prime minister's thinking.

Good Keystone data for Harper government doesn't drain political swamp

OTTAWA - The Conservative government received some much-needed good news this week in the form of the U.S. State Department's massive and benign final assessment of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Ever since Stephen Harper called American approval of the $5.4-billion pipeline from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast a "no-brainer" back in September 2011, a lot has been riding on the eventual vindication of the prime minister's thinking.

State Dept gives Obama political cover to OK Keystone XL pipeline looming over his legacy

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is running out of reasons to say no to Keystone XL, the proposed oil pipeline that's long been looming over his environmental legacy. Five years after the pipeline's backers first asked the Obama administration for approval, the project remains in limbo, stuck in a complex regulatory process that has enabled Obama to put off what will inevitably be a politically explosive decision. But the release Friday of a long-awaited government report removes a major excuse for delay, ramping up pressure on the president to make a call.
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