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Keystone Decision Looms Large for Obama

Keystone Decision Looms Large for Obama

By Coral Davenport

Updated: November 13, 2012 | 10:23 a.m.
November 9, 2012 | 12:35 p.m.

The Keystone XL pipeline was a lightning rod in President Obama’s reelection campaign. So now that the campaign is over, what will be the fate of the transnational oil pipeline that became a political symbol, thrusting Obama into the heart of an uncomfortable fight over jobs versus the environment?

Obama’s final decision could come as soon as January. Environmental groups are launching an all-out campaign to pressure him to kill the project once and for all. That would draw an immediate firestorm of criticism from the right and from many in his own party, particularly labor groups, who say the project will create much-needed construction jobs as well as a conduit for North American oil to get into the global market. No matter what the decision, “somebody’s going to be mad,” said Mark Mellman, a Democratic pollster.

 

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