- 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.
Broad coalition backs Keystone XL oil pipeline, adding pressure on Obama
Feb 4 2014, 19:11 ET