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Mary Schaper
Posted February 11, 2014

Ambassador: Rejection of Keystone Would ‘Definitely Strain’ U.S.-Canadian Relations

National Journal: Canada's ambassador to the U.S. isn't sugarcoating the diplomatic weight of the looming White House decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Gary Doer told the news service Platts that he's optimistic about winning approval, while warning that rejection would be "perceived as being political" and "definitely strain" U.S.-Canadian relations. He argued that the project has met the various U.S. benchmarks, citing the State Department's environmental analysis released Jan. 31.

"The report basically says that [oil from Alberta's oil sands] either will come down on rail with higher GHGs, and it is now coming down on rail, or it can come down on a pipeline with less GHGs," he told Platts Energy Week TV, using the acronym for greenhouse gases.

“So I guess I would say, based on this report and based on the president's own stated [climate] criteria, that if the project is rejected it would be perceived as being political and not on the basis of the public interest of the United states and Canada," Doer added in the interview that aired Sunday.

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Mary Schaper is a Digital Communications Manager for the American Petroleum Institute. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Digital Director and for Senator Lisa Murkowski. Before coming to D.C., she spearheaded digital strategy for Murkowski's successful Senate write-in campaign in 2010. Schaper enjoys traveling and taking in the local culture alongside her husband, their son and loyal springer spaniel.