Jobs and energy prices will ultimately push the Obama administration to approve the controversial Keystone pipeline, analysts say, despite the protests and environmental concerns over expanding production from Canada’s oil sands.

Stretching 1,600 miles from Alberta, Canada, to US refineries on the Gulf Coast, the Keystone pipeline project would boost U.S. consumption from the Canadian oil sands, now more than 1 million barrels a day, by about 50%.

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