U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu is pushing for support of the Keystone pipeline.
The project would transport crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Louisiana and Texas. Protests have been mounting against the pipeline, with several arrests this week at the White House.
But Landrieu said in remarks on the Senate floor that the pipeline could help the United States for several years.
“I see this pipeline as a transition," she said. "It’s giving us oil from one our closest, most dependable and friendliest of all allies — Canada — as opposed to pushing us over the next five or 10 years to continuing to do business with countries that do not share our values, like the leadership, unfortunately, in Venezuela today, or the problems with countries in the Mideast.”
Meantime, groups opposed to the pipeline are planning a major demonstration Sunday at Washington’s National Mall.