Broad coalition backs Keystone XL oil pipeline, adding pressure on Obama

|By:, SA News Editor

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and House members stepped up pressure on the White House to approve the Keystone XL pipeline (TRP), holding a press conference today at the Capitol where they were joined by labor leaders and Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., Gary Doer.

"This pipeline is essential. The time for study is over," said Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat whose presence was a reminder of the dilemma facing Pres. Obama, who is being pushed by several Democrats up for re-election in November to commit to Keystone.

Landrieu says a top option is new legislation that would set a deadline for the president to make a final decision on the pipeline.

Amb. Doer urges Obama to "choose blue-collar workers over Hollywood celebrities" and accept crude oil from Canada instead of from Venezuela.