Keystone XL pipeline crosses political boundaries in Nebraska and beyond

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When President Obama rejected TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline proposal, saying his administration needed more time to weigh the environmental impact of the route through Nebraska, he was practicing his own version of 'triangulation' politics, playing to environmental groups and making common cause with people in a solidly red state. He has backed the 485-mile southern leg of the pipeline from Cushing, Okla., to the Texas Gulf Coast, and last month TransCanada received the last of three permits it needed from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction.

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