May 12, 2014 8:33 am

Energy bill caught up in Keystone XL dispute

Pipes intended for the Keystone XL pipeline sit in storage in Little Rock, Ark. May 24, 2012.

Danny Johnston, The Canadian Press/AP

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan bill to set energy efficiency goals is expected to go down to defeat Monday amid a dispute over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The energy bill would tighten guidelines for new federal buildings and provide tax incentives to make homes and commercial buildings more energy-efficient.

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The measure is widely popular in the Senate and easily cleared a procedural hurdle last week. But then politics and the dispute over the Keystone XL pipeline intervened.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has blocked amendments on the bill, including one to approve construction of the proposed pipeline from Canada to the United States.

Polls show widespread public support for the project, which President Barack Obama has delayed several times.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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