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Dina Cappiello of the AP reports on the progress of Keystone in Congress. House votes in favor of Keystone oil pipeline By: Dina Cappiello WASHINGTON (AP) Congress inched closer to a possible showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL oil pipeline as the Republican-controlled House approved the project. Supporters in the Democratic-run Senate predicted they will get the 60 votes needed to pass it next week. The House vote was 252-161 in favor of the bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., in an effort to boost his chances to take a Louisiana Senate seat away from Democrat Mary Landrieu. The two are headed for a Dec. 6 runoff and have been touting their energy credentials in the oil and gas-producing state. Should the Senate send the bill to Obama for his signature, he would face a decision that pits some of his environmental concerns about the pipeline, mainly its consequences for global warming, against potentially helping a fellow Democrat making
A recent report from the Council on Foreign Relation is urging for deeper economic ties between the US, Canada, and Mexico - with the hope of a swift approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. The report calls on US leaders to recognize the reality of North American energy and trade relationships as the strongest force in the world countering the rise of China and other Asian economic powers. Council on Foreign Relations report calls for Keystone approval By: Guy Taylor Rather than pivot to Asia, U.S. policymakers should be focusing on a pivot to North America by deepening economic ties with Canada and Mexico and getting serious about swiftly approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, according to a report released Thursday by the Council on Foreign Relations. The three countries should build on the foundation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), with a specific focus on expanding coordination on trade, energy and security policy, said the report, which was authored by a
Keystone XL will be a major item on Republican agendas should the Right take control of the Senate in November. Lawmakers say they have enough votes to pass Keystone, but just need a Senate majority leader who will allow them to vote on the proposal. Amanda Becker and Timothy Gardner of Reuters report. Republicans Craft 2015 Plan To Force Obamas Hand On Keystone By: Amanda Becker and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Republicans plan to put approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline on a fast track early next year if they win a U.S. Senate majority in November, finally forcing President Barack Obama to make a tough call on the controversial plan. The $10 billion Keystone project to connect Canadian oil sands with U.S. refineries will top the list of Republican energy priorities if they gain control of the Senate after the Nov. 4 midterm elections. It could come as a stand-alone measure or attached to must-pass legislation such as a government spending or transportation
The Keystone XL pipeline is in its sixth year of debate, and Nebraskas Supreme Court is hearing argument about Governor Dave Heinemans 2012 decision to bless a route for the pipeline. The Courts decision will restart a bureaucratic process in both Nebraska and Washington. Nebraska court hears questions about Keystone XL pipeline plan By: Carson Vaughan LINCOLN, Nebraska, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Nebraskas Supreme Court heard arguments on Friday about whether Governor Dave Heineman acted properly when he blessed a route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and the courts decision could weigh on the controversial project. A lawyer for landowners who may be in the pipelines path hoped to persuade the seven-member panel that Heineman overreached and that a decision on the route should be left to an independent state agency. The 30-minute hearing played out in the courts somber wood-paneled chamber. Keystone opponents who watched the proceedings from an adjacent room, were not so subdued. It