Keystone: The State of Play

Now the president can announce his decision, or sit back and let Congress force his hand.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Barack Obama once had many reasons for delaying a decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. There was the environmentalists' uproar and the State Department's review. (And Obama's own 2012 re-election. And the 2014 midterm elections.) Then one final hurdle–a pending court ruling related to the pipeline's proposed path through Nebraska.

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