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House Energy Chairman Opposes Canadian Pipeline

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – The chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce says he opposes a plan to build a pipeline to ship crude oil from Canada to the U.S.

TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline would go through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska in the upper Great Plains.

Rep. Henry Waxman has sent letters to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the pipeline’s project manager in the State Department. Waxman says the pipeline would go against President Barack Obama’s plan to use cleaner energy sources.

He says using crude oil from the Alberta tar sands would increase greenhouse gas emissions.

TransCanada says the pipeline will provide a reliable and stable source of oil to the U.S.

The State Department has to approve the pipeline because it crosses an international border.

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