Keystone XL pipeline project: Who actually supports it?

How many Americans approve of the Keystone XL pipeline project, and does this relate to their political views?

How many Americans approve of the Keystone XL pipeline project?

The construction of the pipeline, which President Obama is considering this year, has raised the attention of environmental groups which have planned a number of protests across 2013. In addition, activist group CREDO have created an online pledge urging supporters to engage in "serious, dignified, peaceful civil disobedience" if the plans are approved.

The 1,700-mile pipeline would transport 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day, improving transportation and oil processing. However, some argue that it will make it more difficult for the U.S. to move away from fossil fuel reliance, and breaks in the line could damage the environment.

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According to a study released this week by the PEW Research Center, the majority of Americans support the project. The survey says that 66 percent of U.S. citizens support the project, and only 23 percent oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.

In addition, PEW says that the majority of Republicans and Independents support the project, as do just over half of Democrats surveyed -- although there is a strong division within this party.

The survey was conducted in March this year among 1,501 adults. In addition to these findings, the research says that when it comes to the use of fracking techniques to extract oil and natural gas, 48 percent approve of these methods, while 38 percent are opposed.

Via: People Press

Image credit: PEW/ Flickr

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