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Now it's Warren Buffet, one of President Obama's favorite rich guys, saying yes to Keystone XL

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Bad news just keeps coming for opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline would bring millions of gallons of Canadian tar sands oil south to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

A crowd of an estimated 1,000 or so students and professional global warming protesters marched to the White House on Sunday. There were speeches, there were arrests, there were dramatic visual props to bring home the message.

But there were also thousands of Russian troops moving into the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine Sunday, so nobody much cared about the Keystone demonstration.

Dem governor says yes

Then there's the Keystone endorsement by Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri, a Democrat. His endorsement came despite the fact the project would not go through his state and would not directly benefit economically from it.

But Nixon evidently sees lots of indirect economic benefits for his state and the rest of the country in the project, saying in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry:

"The approval and construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline will strengthen our economy, create jobs and promote North American energy independence."

Then there's Warren

The toughest blow to the anti-Keystone cause, however, may be the project's endorsement by one of President Obama's favorite rich guys.

Investor Warren Buffet said he supports the project even though it would provide competition for rail transport, an area in which he is heavily invested.

"I don't believe in the Keystone pipeline because of the jobs you'd make building it. You can build anything and create jobs," Buffet told CNBC Monday. "I just believe it's a useful pipeline."

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