Policy: Environment & Energy

Keystone XL decision expected 'in a couple months,' Obama tells governors

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President Obama told governors during the National Governors Association meeting in Washington on Monday that he would make a final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline “in a couple of months,” according to White House reporters.

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma told reporters after the closed-door meeting that Obama plans to make the decision in a few months -- which would be perfectly timed for the midterm elections.

Obama's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline could be the deciding factor in whether Democrats hold on to the Senate, as six Democratic senators up for re-election voted previously to approve the pipeline.

Should Obama decide against the pipeline, it would be a boon for environmentalist groups that have opposed the pipeline for ideological reasons. But disallowing the pipeline to be built would mean saying no to American jobs and oil from America's ally, Canada.

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