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Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

President Obama said Friday TransCanada's bid to construct the controversial pipeline was not in the "national interest" of the U.S.

Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline
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After seven years of waiting, the White House has rejected TransCanada’s request to build the Keystone XL pipeline. (Video via the White House

"After extensive public outreach and consultation with other cabinet agencies, the State Department has decided that the Keystone XL pipeline would not serve the interests of the United States. I agree with that decision," President Obama said Friday. 

The controversial project pitted environmentalists concerned about climate change against Republicans and oil companies who said the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline would create jobs. 

This video includes images from Getty Images and music from Chris Zabriskie / CC BY 4.0.