By PAUL VIEIRA
A majority of Americans and Canadians back TransCanada's
proposed Keystone XL pipeline and say securing a stable energy
supply for North America should be a bigger priority than
reducing carbon emissions, a poll
released Tuesday found.
Nearly 75% of Americans and 68% of Canadians indicated they
"support" or "somewhat support" the project, which would carry heavy
crude from the Alberta oil sands to the US Gulf Coast for refining, according to the poll
conducted by Ottawa-based Nanos Research.
The poll also asked participants -- 1,007 Americans and
1,013 Canadians -- which was more important: reducing
greenhouse-gas emissions or having North America
free from oil imports? Both a majority of Americans and
Canadians, 63% and 55%, respectively, suggested reducing
reliance on oil imports trumped environmental policy.
"Energy security, particularly in the US, is driving views
on energy issues," said Nik Nanos, president of Nanos
Environmentalists argue that development of the Alberta oil
sands for the crude that Keystone would carry will increase emissions of greenhouse gases.
The poll contacted Americans between March 28 and April 7,
and Canadians between April 6 and April 9.
The Obama administration is, for a second time, reviewing
TransCanada's application to build Keystone after rejecting the
project in 2012. Keystone faces
stiff opposition in the US from environmental groups and key
Democratic policy makers.
Canada's Conservative government, led by Prime Minister
Stephen Harper, has said building Keystone XL would ensure a
safe, stable supply of energy for the US and reduce reliance on
oil from politically volatile regions such as the Middle
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