Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. arrives for work on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, as the Republican-controlled Senate is moving ahead on a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline despite President Barack Obama's veto threat. The House approved the bill last Friday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate passes Keystone bill, despite White House veto threat

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The measure aims to immediately permit the TransCanada Corp. pipeline, six years after the Calgary-based company first asked U.S. regulators for permission to build it.
A crewman directs a pipe on a site for TransCanada's Keystone XL project in Wood County, Texas, in 2012. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Senate on track to pass Keystone XL bill

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After clearing a major procedural hurdle Thursday, the chamber was expected to pass the legislation authorizing Keystone XL. But the story is far from over for the legislation or the underlying TransCanada Corp. project.
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., is surrounded by reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Following the success of the GOP in the midterm elections, the 80-year-old Republican from the oil-producing state of Oklahoma is the new chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate votes on fracking & endangered species pave way for Keystone XL passage

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The Senate rejected proposals involving liquefied natural gas exports, endangered species protections for the lesser prairie-chicken and hydraulic fracturing.
Seattle Seahawks' Doug Baldwin cheers from the podium after the team beat the Green Bay Packers to win the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-22 to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Oil lobbying group buys Super Bowl ad

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The ad was the single most expensive television spot of API’s recent campaign promoting the Keystone XL pipeline and other industry priorities
Joe Manchin, Al Franken, Martin Heinrich

Senate Democrats block bid to wind down Keystone XL debate

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The procedural vote means that the Republicans are looking at days — if not weeks — of additional debate on the bill and the dozens of amendments that have been proposed to it, including proposals involving climate change, crude exports, Arctic drilling and whether EPA employees can carry firearms.
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., is surrounded by reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Following the success of the GOP in the midterm elections, the 80-year-old Republican from the oil-producing state of Oklahoma is the new chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate votes overwhelmingly that ‘climate change is real’

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The language adopted by the Senate on Wednesday did not specify whether human activity was triggering the phenomenon.
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Hillary Clinton to speak in Canada amid debate over Keystone

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The former U.S. secretary of state was to headline events in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in her first public speeches of 2015, a day after President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address.
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Senate to vote on climate change amid Keystone debate

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Senators are about to wade into heated debates over climate change, the disposal of petroleum coke, a refining byproduct, and how environmental regulations apply to power plants burning coal refuse left behind from 19th-century mining operations.
Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, from left, Senator Al Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, and Senator Edward "Ed" Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, hold a news conference on Keystone XL pipeline amendments at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Senate Democratic leaders will push hard for full Senate vote on an amendment to Keystone XL pipeline legislation that puts all senators on record on their views about whether carbon emissions spark climate change, said Schumer. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Oil producers lobby against export vote

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U.S. oil producers are warning against an amendment aimed at blocking the export of Canadian crude transported by Keystone XL.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, right, listen as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Senate tees up votes on Keystone XL, exports, climate

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The chamber is expected to vote on as many as three amendments to GOP-backed legislation to authorize the TransCanada Corp. pipeline on Tuesday, with more than four dozen other possibilities on the horizon.