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It begins: Pro-Keystone XL Democrat distances himself from Obama

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Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, criticized President Obama's State of the Union address for not mentioning the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday.

Begich, who voted for the Keystone XL pipeline and is up for re-election in 2014, said Obama “missed his chance to talk about national energy security in any meaningful way."

“Alaskans know that to ensure our national energy security, we must be more aggressive on natural resource development,” Begich said. “From building the Keystone pipeline to offshore drilling in Alaska, we should be taking advantage of our domestic energy potential, and I will keep fighting and using every committee post and option available to do just that.”

Obama mentioned energy independence and climate change in his speech Tuesday night, but never mentioned coal or the Keystone XL pipeline. Politico has the energy buzzword breakdown:

• “Energy:” 8 mentions

• “Oil:” 5 mentions

• “Natural gas:” 4 mentions

• “Carbon pollution:” 3 mentions

• “Climate:” 3 mentions

• “Solar:” 2 mentions

• “Environment:” 1 mention

• “All of the above:” 1 mention

• “Energy:” 1 mention

• “Fossil fuels:” 1 mention

• “Coal:” 0 mentions

• “Keystone XL pipeline:” 0 mentions

• “Nuclear:” 0 mentions

• “Renewables and wind:” 0 mentions

• “Biofuels:” 0 mentions

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