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Obama REJECTS Keystone XL Pipeline Project

TORONTO (AP) - Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper says he told Barack Obama he was profoundly disappointed after the U.S. president called to tell him the administration rejected a plan to build an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

Andrew MacDougall, a spokesman for Harper, said Wednesday that Obama explained the decision was not on the merits of the Keystone XL pipeline, but rather on the "arbitrary nature" of the Feb. 21 deadline set by a Republicans as part of tax measure he signed.

Obama said the decision was without prejudice, meaning that TransCanada is free to reapply.

MacDougall says Harper told Obama that he hoped the pipeline would ultimately be approved given the jobs it would create both in Canada and the U.S.

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