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FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators hold a sign as they protest against the Keystone Pipeline and the Alberta Tar Sands outside of the Canadian Consulate in downtown Chicago, Thursday, May 17, 2012.
FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators hold a sign as they protest against the Keystone Pipeline and the Alberta Tar Sands outside of the Canadian Consulate in downtown Chicago, Thursday, May 17, 2012.
(Nam Y. Huh/AP)

Tony Coulson

It turns out Americans like Keystone XL more than Canadians do

For the past several years, Canadian interests – governments and industry – have been promoting the Keystone XL pipeline as a necessary outlet for Canadian oil. Pipeline proponents sometimes describe Canadian oil as being held captive and sold at a discount due to a lack of market access. The Keystone XL pipeline would carry Alberta oil sands product to refineries in the American Midwest and on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The project has been delayed, however, by the U.S. government, which has yet to announce a decision about approving or rejecting the proposal.