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Jimmy Carter becomes first U.S. ex-president to urge Keystone XL rejection

WASHINGTON - For the first time ever, a former U.S. president has come out against the Keystone XL pipeline.

The ex-president in question is Jimmy Carter.

The 39th president joined a group of Nobel laureates to sign a letter urging the current commander-in-chief to reject the pipeline from Canada.

The letter tells Barack Obama that he stands on the brink of making a choice that will define his legacy on one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced – climate change.

It says his decision will either signal a "dangerous commitment" to the status quo, or "bold leadership" that will inspire millions counting on him to do the right thing for the climate.

Obama has signalled that a decision on the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline is imminent before summer.

He's being squeezed on the issue by different factions in his own party, which includes wealthy anti-Keystone donors but also pro-Keystone lawmakers at risk of losing their seats in more conservative areas in this fall's midterm elections.

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