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U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden (L) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R), at the White House November 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Obama rejects Keystone XL, saying pipeline wouldn’t create many jobs, lower gas prices or boost U.S. energy security

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The move ends — for now — a seven-year saga over the proposed pipeline.
Dump trucks loaded with oil sands drive through the Suncor Energy Inc. mine in this aerial photograph taken near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on Thursday, June 4, 2015. (Ben Nelms/Bloomberg

Oil sands pipelines may be running out of room

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Environmental activism is a major reason no new pipelines — including Keystone XL — have been built to transport oil sands crude away from Alberta since 2010, according to a new report.
In this July 13, 2015 photo, protesters gather outside the U.S. Oil Sands commercial tar sands operation, in the Book Cliffs, in eastern Utah. On a remote Utah ridge covered in sagebrush, pines and wild grasses, a Canadian company is about to embark on something never before done commercially in the United States: digging sticky, black, tar-soaked sand from the ground and extracting the petroleum. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

1st U.S. tar sands mine set to open for business in Utah

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The impending opening of the nation’s first tar sands mine has become another front in the battle across the West between preservationists and the energy industry.
A coalition of groups led by Utah Tar Sands Resistance and Peaceful Uprising speak during a news conference outside the Department of Natural Resources Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Residents and groups opposed to Utah's first tar sands mine are calling on state regulators to withhold approvals for the project because new evidence shows water in the area will be negatively impacted. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Canadian company’s tar sands mine approved in Utah

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Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining director John Baza said Monday the decision addresses concerns raised by opposition while acknowledging that U.S. Oil Sands, the Canadian company building the mine, has complied with regulations.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

From Canadian to Californian crude, big carbon differences found

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The new oil-climate index delves into the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the wide spectrum of oil produced today — from light, gassy condensate to thick, sludgy bitumen.
A row of pump jacks operate in Apache Canada’s Provost field, located in the southeast part of Alberta (Apache Corp.)

Alberta energy drillers pivot to natural gas as oil plunges

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Alberta’s gas prices dropped 35 percent last year while oil fell 46 percent. U.S. crude prices have plunged below $50 from last year’s high above $107 after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries resisted calls to cut output amid a surge of U.S. crude production.
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Celebrities line up to blast Keystone XL

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The singers, filmmakers and actors — including “Revenge” star Emily VanCamp and Dawn Oliveri of “House of Lies” — lay out arguments against the pipeline in a new video.
TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling  speaks at the company's investor day in Toronto. (SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg)

TransCanada CEO: Other companies watching what happens on Keystone

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Midstream energy companies seeking to build pipelines will want more “clarity” about the regulatory process before they plunk down capital for the projects, TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said.
A crew in 2012 lowers a section of pipe into the ground with cradles near Winona, Texas. (AP Photo/Tyler Morning Telegraph, Sarah A. Miller)

EPA: Oil prices should be part of Keystone XL decision

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In a letter to the State Department released Tuesday, the EPA said plummeting crude prices could make the proposed pipeline vital to Canadian oil sands developers.
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.