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Debate About International Pipeline Heats Up Following The New Year

According to reports, President Barack Obama and Congress will face an important decision in the first months of the New Year. Sources say that the oil and gas industry has begun to push for the approval of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. In fact the nation's leading oil and gas lobbyist has warned that the President might face severe backlash if he fails to see the plan approved. Further, sources say the American Petroleum Institute has launched a political campaign called "Vote 4 Energy," which will use advertising, social media and "grass roots" organizations to press both Republican and Democratic politicians to support approval of the pipeline.

Reportedly, the Keystone XL pipeline project is a planned 1,661-mile pipeline route from the oil sands region of western Canada to refineries on the coast of Texas. According to the American Petroleum Institute, the project has the potential to create a vast amount of jobs making any politician who tries to block the project politically vulnerable.

According to reports, because the route crosses the international border, the project needs approval from the U.S. State Department, postponed its decision until 2013 at the earliest following intensive lobbying from environmental groups. However, TransCanada has refused to give up on the project. Sources say the company has been working on a new route through Nebraska that would subdue environmental concerns about the pipeline traveling through the sand hills region of the state.

TransCanada, the Calgary-based company that would operate the pipeline, refused to give up on the project, and has been working on a new route through Nebraska that would meet concerns about its previous plan to run through the environmentally sensitive sand hills region of the state.

The American Petroleum Institute argues that in 15 years the U.S. could meet all its need for liquid fuels from its own production and imports from Canada, given expanded access for oil drilling in areas that are now closed, such as the east and west coasts, and increased supplies of biofuels. However, an environmental group known as Greenpeace has launched a parody campaign against the American Petroleum Institute accusing it of attempting to fake citizen support for its agenda.