Trump wants to put the Keystone XL oil pipeline in Alaska

President Trump asked the nation’s energy secretary on Friday to consider allowing the Keystone XL pipeline to pass through the U.S. portion of Alaska — a fresh vote for a project that’s been hung up for nearly 10 years by environmentalists, Native Alaskans and sometimes three men with very different views.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he would recommend that President Trump approve a permit for the proposed $8 billion line through the Northwest Territories into Canada’s Rocky Mountains. A decision on whether to move forward with the Keystone XL project is expected to come soon.

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Since Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski has indicated she won’t let any legislation fail that requires a supermajority in the Senate — despite Democrats’ charges that Republicans favor the wealthy and companies — that could lead to a government shutdown, Trump’s move could exacerbate tensions over a topic that previously divided her from establishment and grassroots.

Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper whether she’d be “willing to let that go,” Murkowski would only say that she “want[s] to make sure that everything we do is dictated by the science and that we use that science to make sure we do all that we can to solve this problem.”

Rep. Don Young, an influential member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee who served as Alaska’s governor for 36 years, called Trump’s approval of the project “a real blessing” in an interview with The Hill.

While Murkowski is no longer a top member of the committee, veteran U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, another member of the committee, in an interview with The Hill said he would be “willing to use all the energy within my power to see that this approval happens.”

The Washington Post’s Jenna Johnson, Sabrina Siddiqui and David Nakamura contributed to this report.

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