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Democrats Point to the Positives of Approving Keystone XL

Democrats inside and outside the Washington, DC beltway are pointing to the merits of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary and presidential economic advisor Larry Summers made a pretty interesting analogy in explaining to a crowd gathered Tuesday at the Brookings Institution why pipelines are the best choice to transport energy. Summers explained using trains for transport is a century old solution.

POLITICO Morning Energy: 

“If you think about it, we’re in the 21st century and shipping oil on trains is an early 20th century technology,” Summers said, after a long pause. “And so I would hope that we would be able to work through the various environmental issues more expeditiously than we have and I am very much aware of the toll that the Keystone issue has taken on relations with a crucial U.S. ally.” He added: “But it’s a complicated issue.”

In Georgia, AJC Reporter Daniel Malloy reports: a Democrat U.S. Senate candidate, Michelle Nunn, highlights the role energy is playing for the U.S. economy and criticizes Democrats who blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline:

“But too many Democrats play politics by dragging their feet on the Keystone Pipeline, while Republicans block renewable energy initiatives that would reduce our long-term dependence on fossil fuels.