U.S. lawmakers should back TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, as it will reduce overseas energy imports and generate jobs, said Gary Doer, Canadian ambassador to the U.S. "So I just think it makes good sense to proceed with energy independence and go with Canada, go with your friend, your neighbor and your ally since the War of 1812," Doer said. Trains will continue to transport more oil without the pipeline, and this entails environmental and safety risks, he added.

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