Canada urges US to decide on Keystone XL pipeline

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Associated Press

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 2:03 PM

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's foreign minister says it's time for the Obama administration to make a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline even if the answer is no.

John Baird said Thursday "We can't continue to live in a state of limbo" during a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington.

The long-delayed pipeline would carry oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

President Barack Obama is expected to decide early this year on Keystone XL, which is under review at the State Department.

Republicans, and business and labor groups, have long urged the Obama administration to approve the pipeline as a source of much-needed U.S. jobs. Environmental groups have been pressuring Obama to reject the pipeline, saying it would carry "dirty oil" that contributes to global warming.

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