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Activists urge White House to let Podesta weigh in on Keystone

When the White House announced Tuesday morning that John Podesta would be signing on to advise the president on energy and climate, activists celebrated the return of anti-Keystone environmentalist as the game-changer that could inspire the Obama administration to halt the Keystone XL pipeline from tapping Canada's oil sands.

Then, the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza broke the news that Podesta would be recusing himself from working on the Keystone decision. “His views on this are well-known,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. “There are people who have been working on this for a number of years and who are looking at this from a variety of perspectives and want to make sure that this policy outcome reflects the president's views and can approach it in an impartial way.”

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