Obama administration kills Keystone XL pipeline

The Keystone Steele City pumping station, into which the planned Keystone XL pipeline is to connect to, is seen in Steele City, Neb. The Obama administration rejected a Canadian energy giant’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, three individuals familiar with the decision said, capping a seven-year saga that devolved into one of the biggest environmental flashpoints of Barack Obama’s presidency. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline because he does not believe it serves the national interest.

Obama says the pipeline has played an overinflated role in political discourse.

Obama is speaking at the White House after meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry.

The decision caps a seven-year saga that became a flashpoint in Obama's presidency. Killing the pipeline allows Obama to claim aggressive action on the environment.

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