Keystone XL Pipeline: Obama to Oil Progress as Pump Prices Rise

On two-day energy tour, POTUS is expected to hasten building of southern section of tar sands line out of Canada.

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Barack Obama is expected to speed up approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline on Thursday after taking to the road with what the White House is billing as an “all of the above” energytour.

Obama’s planned visit to the oil hub of Cushing, Oklahoma, on day two of the energy tour has raised expectations he will speed up approval of the southern US-only segment of the pipeline, running from the town to Port Arthur, Texas.

The approval, which would infuriate environmental groups, could allow construction on that portion to begin before November’s presidential elections instead of next year.

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