Keystone Senate vote hangs in balance after Obama remarks

Climate advocates and representatives from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota protest against Keystone XL pipeline at Senator Landrieus house in WashingtonBy Timothy Gardner and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate scrambled on Monday to gather votes to pass a bill that authorizes the project to help send Canadian oil to the U.S. Gulf, a task made harder after President Barack Obama made his toughest comments yet on the topic. With her chamber stuck at 59 votes in favor of Keystone XL, Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, worked hard to gather one last vote needed to pass a bill that the House of Representatives approved on Friday. The Senate is expected to vote as early as 6:15 …

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