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Obama administration delays decision on Keystone XL pipeline

April 18, 2014

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Obama Administration will delay their decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until next fall. The decision will be delayed until November after the midterm elections. There is a concern that ruling against the pipeline prior to a difficult election season could cause Democrats to lose the Senate. There is stiff pressure from Republicans and the oil industry as well as conservative Democrats to give approval of the pipeline and create more jobs. President Obama previously stated that he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline only if there is evidence that the pipeline would not contribute to more emissions of greenhouse gases.

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