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Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline Plan

Obama announcing his Keystone decision Friday. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Updated 1:10 p.m. | The White House is rejecting a Canadian company’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline, sounding a death knell for the controversial project that has long pitted President Barack Obama against Republicans and the energy industry.  

Obama on Friday criticized members of both parties for treating the proposal like a “campaign cudgel instead of a serious policy matter.” Ultimately, the president said he concluded the plan was “neither the silver bullet” for the U.S. economy nor a sure-fire cause of “climate disaster” as claimed by those on either side of the issue.  

McConnell Plots Coal Amendment to Energy Spending Bill

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning an amendment to an upcoming spending bill that could put the brakes on the EPA's plans to implement new regulations on carbon emissions from existing power plants.  

While it is unusual for the Kentucky Republican to appear at an Appropriations Committee gathering in person, he has maintained his seat and influence on the panel.  

Climate Change All-Night Session Set for Monday

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Senate Democrats are about to burn the midnight oil to make their case on climate change.  

The previously rumored all-night session on the effects of climate change will take place Monday, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse confirmed.