- TransCanada (TRP) spent more than $1M last year to lobby U.S. legislators and the Obama administration to build the Keystone XL pipeline, ~24% more than it spent in 2012.
- TRP's chief Washington lobbyist, Paul Elliott, is a former top campaign aide to Hillary Clinton, who served as Sec. of State in Pres. Obama's first term.
- The State Department is conducting an environmental analysts of Keystone and will determine whether the project is in the U.S. national interest before a final decision by Obama.
- Meanwhile, Total (TOT) CEO Christophe de Margerie is urging the U.S. to approve the pipeline to unplug a bottleneck that's stalling the development of Canadian oil sands.