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A demonstrator holds up a sign during a march past the White House to protest against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, Feb. 17, 2013. Environmentalists say approval of the pipeline will encourage more development in the oil sands, where extraction is carbon intensive, leading to greater greenhouse gas emissions.
A demonstrator holds up a sign during a march past the White House to protest against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, Feb. 17, 2013. Environmentalists say approval of the pipeline will encourage more development in the oil sands, where extraction is carbon intensive, leading to greater greenhouse gas emissions.
(Richard Clement/Reuters)

No matter what Obama does, Keystone could be stuck in court for years

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Pro-Keystone proponents – including the slew of Canadian premiers and ministers trekking south of the border to tout the security, reliability, and even the greenness of Alberta’s carbon-heavy crude oil – may need to look beyond the Oval Office.