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  • Republicans fume as Obama rejects Keystone pipeline

    In an election-year decision that divided the Democrats' twin pillars of big labor and environmentalists, the Obama administration Wednesday rejected the proposed route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would provide up to 20,000 jobs on a project stretching from Canada to the Texas coast.


  • **FILE** Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (left) listens as President Obama speaks following a meeting at the White House in Washington on Dec. 7, 2011. President Obama warned congressional Republicans that he would reject any effort to tie extraneous issues to an extension of the payroll tax cut, including the approval of an oil pipeline between the U.S. and Canada. (Associated Press/The Canadian Press)

    Obama, Congress begin 2012 in oil pipeline dispute

    President Obama and Congress are starting the election year locked in a tussle over a proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada to Texas that will force the White House to make a politically risky choice between two key Democratic constituencies.


  • Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood announces from the floor of the legislature in Lincoln, Neb., Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, that TransCanada has agreed to voluntarily move the Keystone XL pipeline project away from the Ogallala aquifer. TransCanada will move the route of its planned oil pipeline out of the environmentally sensitive Sandhills area of Nebraska, two company officials announced Monday night. (AP Photo/The Lincoln Journal-Star, Eric Gregory)

    TransCanada says it will reroute planned pipeline

    Canadian pipeline developer TransCanada will shift the route of its planned oil pipeline out of the environmentally sensitive Sandhills area of Nebraska, two company officials announced Monday night.


  • TransCanada's $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline is designed to carry crude oil from tar sands near Hardisty, Alberta, to the Gulf Coast. It must first receive approval through the U.S. State Department's permitting process, but it has been stuck there for three years in part because of environmental concerns. (Associated Press)

    Obama urged to OK Canada-Texas pipeline

    Republicans and business leaders are urging President Obama to turn talk of creating jobs into action by green-lighting a long-delayed $7 billion expansion of a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline that supporters say will create 20,000 jobs.


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