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Obama Defends Keystone XL Decision (Mar 22, 2012)

CUSHING, Okla. (AP) - President Barack Obama says Congress took the wrong option when it attempted to force quick approval of an oil pipeline from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.

In a speech Thursday near the Cushing oil hub in Oklahoma, the president green-lighted the project from Oklahoma to Texas but said more reviews are needed before a pipeline is built over a Nebraska aquifer that provides irrigation and drinking water throughout the Great Plains.

The president said Congressional politics nearly kept the country from making an informed decision about the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. He said Democrats and Republicans in Nebraska raised questions about whether the original pipeline route was wise and safe. He said the review exhibits "common sense."

Obama says his administration will review future permit applications.



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