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Keystone Report Raises Pressure On Obama To Approve Pipeline

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February 03, 2014 AT 6:21 AM
Pressure for President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline increased after a State Department report played down the impact it would have on climate change, irking environmentalists and delighting the project's proponents. But the White House signaled late on Friday that a decision on an application by TransCanada Corp to build the $5.4 billion project would be made "only after careful consideration" of the report, along with comments from the public and other government agencies. "The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement includes a range of estimates of the project's climate impacts, and that information will now need to be closely evaluated by Secretary of State John Kerry and other relevant agency heads in the weeks ahead," White House spokesman Matt Lehrich said.