John Hoeven

Seven years later, Obama still mum on Keystone

WASHINGTON When TransCanada applied to build the Keystone XL pipeline, John McCain had just picked a little-known Alaska governor as his running mate in a desperate attempt to stop the presidential campaign juggernaut of a freshman senator named Barack Obama. Saturday marks seven years since the day TransCanada applied for its permit to build the pipeline from the Canadian oil sands, through the United States' midsection and on to refineries in Texas. As Obama prepares to leave office in a year, there is still no sign of a decision from him on the pipeline. TransCanada officials met with lawmakers in Washington this week and are girding themselves for a rumored rejection, but they...