Will Obama Greenlight the Keystone Pipeline?

Will Obama Greenlight the Keystone Pipeline?

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President Obama told House Republicans today that he will make a decision on whether to open the Keystone Pipeline in the next few weeks. The president has previously blocked the decision because of environmental concerns. The Keystone pipeline would carry diluted oil nearly 1,200-miles from Alberta to southeastern Nebraska. A southern segment currently under construction would carry the crude product onto Gulf Coast refineries. The decision has been hotly debated since the president put the kabosh on the project in 2011. Proponents say opening the pipeline will create jobs, help reduce the cost of fuel and limit U.S. dependence on foreign oil; Opponents, including many environmental groups, say the risk is too high for potential water contamination from the hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil that would flow through the pipeline each day. -   Read more at Buzzfeed

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Brianna Ehley is the former Washington Correspondent for The Fiscal Times. She is currently a reporter on Politico's health care team in Washington, D.C.