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Obama opposes bill on Keystone XL oil pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama opposes a House of Representatives bill that would speed approval of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

The White House said Tuesday that the bill “seeks to circumvent longstanding and proven processes” by removing a requirement for a presidential permit. The legislation also says no new environmental studies are needed.

Republicans say the bill is needed to ensure the long-delayed pipeline is built. The project would carry oil from tar sands in Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast.

Opponents say the pipeline would carry “dirty oil” that could trigger global warming. Supporters say it would bolster North American energy resources. Canada’s prime minister has said the project “absolutely” must go forward.

A House vote is expected Wednesday.

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