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Oil pipeline headache for Obama

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As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama is facing growing political pressure over a proposed pipeline which would stretch 1,600 miles from Canada to Texas.

Critics claim that approving the pipeline would go against the White House's vision of a "clean energy future" and only increase America's dependence on fossil fuels.

Yet the thirst for oil is still there and almost half a million barrels a day will start flowing this week through another cross-border pipeline completed before the disaster - but as Rajesh Mirchandani reports, the oil industry has a harder job now convincing politicians and the public that it can be trusted to prevent or deal with a leak.

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