Demonstrators carry a replica of a pipeline during a march against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, Feb. 17, 2013. (Richard Clement/Reuters)President Barack Obama will please 66 percent of Americans while riling his liberal base if he approves the Keystone XL pipeline opposed by environmentalists but backed by the oil industry, according to a new poll out Tuesday from the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. And the survey got a mixed message from the public on climate change.
Officially, the State Department is still reviewing TransCanada’s proposed pipeline, which would carry oil from tar sands in the province of Alberta to refineries along the Gulf Coast. Obama told House Republicans at a behind-closed-doors meeting in mid-March that he was not ruling out approving the project (while playing down sunny job-creation estimates).
Pew found that 66 percent support building the pipeline while just 23 percent oppose it. Support comes from 82 percent of Republicans, 70 percent of independents and 54 percent of Democrats (though just 42 percent of liberal Democrats). Small wonder, then, that the Senate in late March approved a nonbinding resolution endorsing the pipeline by a lopsided 62-37 ratio.
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