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Obama’s top donors ask him to say no to Keystone XL

Environmental activists have been putting their bodies on the line for months -- both in the form of physical blockades in Texas and rallies in Washington -- to halt the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline which would carry crude oil from Alberta’s tar sands to the Gulf Coast. The TransCanada pipeline extension requires Obama's approval and experts believe he will give it -- a State Department survey of the project (written by contractors with oil industry ties) has already given the pipeline a greenlight. On Friday, 150  of the president's most prominent donors, including Vinod Khosla, one of the founders of Sun Microsystems; Rob McKay, the heir to the Taco Bell fortune and chairman of the Democracy Alliance; Blythe Danner, the actor and mother of Gwyneth Paltrow and Susie Tompkins Buell, co-founder of the Esprit clothing, wrote to the president urging he reject the pipeline.

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