Keystone pipeline tests Clinton

The Hill’s Bob Cusack and Pete Kasperowicz have a new story about challenges facing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including the explosive looming decision about whether to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

From their piece:

The Keystone decision is perhaps the most politically perilous issue in Clinton’s portfolio.

Environmentalists and Democratic heavyweights in Congress have urged Clinton to deny the project a permit, but State will feel pressure to allow the pipeline to go forward given the effects it could have on the U.S. economy. Unions say the project will create jobs, and advocates also argue it would reduce U.S. reliance on oil from the Middle East.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) earlier this month indicated to Clinton he had “serious concern” with the proposed TransCanada initiative, while House Energy and Commerce ranking member Henry Waxman (Calif.) told The Washington Post: “I’ve always felt uncomfortable that the State Department is heading this process.”