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Ad asks Obama to 'do the right thing' on Keystone XL pipeline

By Michael Krebs     Sep 29, 2013 in Politics
Billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer released a television ad on Sunday, calling on President Obama to "do the right thing" on the Keystone XL pipeline.
Focusing on the potential impact of the proposed 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline on climate change, a new advocacy television advertisement will air Sunday in Washington DC and on cable networks nationally, The New York Times reported.
The 90-second narrative from the advocacy concern Keystone Truth and delivered by billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer, calls on President Obama to "do the right thing" on the Keystone XL pipeline decision.
“Mr. President, you’ve had real accomplishments when it comes to fighting climate disruption,” Steyer says. “Let’s do the right thing on Keystone.”
The pipeline project has been significantly delayed and has been fraught with political infighting — and many congressional legislators do not approve of President Obama's delays on approving the pipeline's construction.
Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) is among those openly opposing the White House on the matter, according to USA Today.
"We know that we have the votes here in the Senate; we certainly have the votes in the House," Heitkamp said. "In fact, I think we could build enough votes to override a veto."
The pipeline would carry billions of gallons of crude oil from Canadian sand fields to Gulf Coast refineries, but the construction has been delayed for 5 years pending a permit by the Obama administration.
"The Keystone Pipeline decision has taken longer than it took us to defeat Hitler," Heitkamp told USA Today. "There's just something wrong with this process."
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