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President Barack Obama shakes hands after speaking during a Organizing for Action event, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, in Washington. Obama thanked the organization for their work in promoting his policies. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama points to blocking Keystone as top accomplishment

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is already citing the decision not to proceed with the Keystone XL pipeline as one of the key accomplishments of his presidency.

Obama spoke to the group Organization for Action on Monday. He recounted the improving economy and job numbers and the higher number of people with health insurance coverage. Those are staples in his speeches to supporters. But he added to the list of accomplishments the decision to kill a Canadian energy giant’s application to build the pipeline.

He says going ahead with the pipeline would have harmed the United States’ leadership on curbing global warming.

The group Obama is addressing supports the president’s political agenda, including efforts to curb global warming and overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.

In related news, With Keystone snub, Obama aims for more leverage on climate.

This article was written by Kevin Freking from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.