Majority of Americans Think Keystone Would Benefit U.S.

Keystone Pipeline
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Clare Foran
Dec. 13, 2013, 1 a.m.

In a poll re­leased by Bloomberg, 56 per­cent of Amer­ic­ans be­lieve that the Key­stone XL pipeline would re­duce U.S. de­pend­ence on for­eign oil from less re­li­able or stable trad­ing part­ners and boost en­ergy se­cur­ity. 

The poll, which had a mar­gin of er­ror of plus or minus 3.1 per­cent­age points, and sur­veyed 1,004 adults ages 18 or older, also in­dic­ated that only 35 per­cent be­lieve con­struc­tion of the pipeline would be harm­ful to the en­vir­on­ment.

The oil-sands pipeline, which would trans­port crude from Al­berta, Canada, to Gulf Coast re­finer­ies, is be­ing re­viewed at the State De­part­ment, which is ex­pec­ted to re­lease its fi­nal en­vir­on­ment­al-im­pact as­sess­ment of the pro­ject shortly.

Pres­id­ent Obama has the fi­nal say on wheth­er the pipeline will be built, however, and he has cau­tioned that he will not sign off on it if he be­lieves it will sig­ni­fic­antly add to at­mo­spher­ic levels of car­bon di­ox­ide.

An earli­er State De­part­ment re­view of the pipeline con­cluded that it would not have a sub­stan­tial im­pact on speed­ing oil-sands de­vel­op­ment.

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