The debate over oil sands has taken a new political twist with a U.S. Senator asking whether the State Department will fairly consider a pipeline expansion project that could bring more Canadian crude oil to the United States.
In a speech in San Francisco last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was "inclined" to approve the pipeline project after an environmental review is finished early in 2011. She described her role in considering the pipeline as "a very hard balancing act," and added, "Energy security requires that I look at all of the factors that we have to consider while we try to expedite as much as we can America's move toward clean, renewable energy." (AP)