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Obama defends TPP secrecy, says now is chance for debate

KUALA LUMPUR – U.S. President Barack Obama launched a defense on Friday of a signature Pacific trade pact kept largely under wraps and said the public would get its say before legislators in each country debate the full details. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a “mega-regional accord” covering four-tenths of global GDP, was so complex it would not have materialized if ...

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Keystone XL developer ‘committed’ to completing project

LINCOLN, Neb. — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline remains committed to completing the final leg of the project even though President Barack Obama denied the Canadian company’s request for a federal permit, a spokesman said Wednesday. TransCanada’s announcement came as the company withdrew its application for route approval through Nebraska. Even before Obama rejected the permit Nov. 6, ...

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Editorial: Keystone XL fight over, but look now to Canada for next possible pipeline

President Obama’s decision on Friday to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline reorients the oil spigot, from north-south to east-west. It’s the law of unintended consequences, and the ripple effect may be felt as far West as the Salish Sea. As The Seattle Times reports, oil from the Alberta tar sands is intended for maritime export, and two proposed Canadian ...

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Clinton proposes $30 bln plan to help coal-producing areas

WASHINGTON – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday proposed a $30 billion plan to help displaced workers in coal-producing areas find new jobs and continue receiving health benefits as the country shifts to using renewable energy and more natural gas. Clinton’s proposals, which also include expanding broadband Internet access and establishing a fund that would award competitive grants ...

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Editorial: President agenda is anti-shovel-ready

President Barack Obama campaigned on a promise of “shovel-ready” jobs. It was the modern “chicken in every pot” but never quite panned out. “Shovel-ready was not as, uh, as shovel-ready as we expected,” Obama quipped in 2011, conceding the pledge seemed beyond his grasp. Today, his platform can be described as anti-shovel-ready. The president took to a White House lectern ...

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Without Keystone, industry must find new paths for oil

TORONTO — Following the Obama administration’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, the oil industry faces the tricky task of making sure the crude oil targeted for the pipeline still gets where it needs to go. The pipeline, first proposed by TransCanada Corp. in 2008, was projected to carry 800,000 barrels a day of crude from Canada and North Dakota ...

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Obama rejects Canada-to-U.S. Keystone pipeline

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday rejected the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada in a victory for environmentalists who have campaigned against the project for more than seven years. “The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy,” Obama told a press conference. He said Keystone XL would not reduce gasoline prices for ...

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TransCanada request for Keystone XL delay rejected

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says it is continuing a review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite a request by the project’s developer to suspend the review. State Department spokesman John Kirby says the department advised TransCanada on Wednesday of its decision to continue the review. The State Department has jurisdiction over the pipeline because it crosses a ...

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Editorial: Keystone XL delay is a setback for public safety in Minnesota

The triumphant but misguided e-mail landed in inboxes just hours after the Canadian company pushing to build the Keystone XL pipeline announced it wants the U.S. government to suspend review of the pipeline’s construction permit application. “We made our voices heard that we would stand up to protect our planet for future generations,” trumpeted a Democratic National Committee missive that ...

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