02/07/2014 04:54 EST | Updated 04/09/2014 05:59 EDT

Keystone XL Pipeline Delay Won't Stop Alberta Oil Exports, Says Doer

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Oil is refined at Royal Dutch Shell Plc's Albian Sands mine near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. Canadian oil companies have benefited as the gap between oil-sands crude grade Western Canada Select and U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate narrowed from a record $42.50 a barrel in December. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images
EDMONTON - Canada's ambassador to the United States says stopping the Keystone XL pipeline won't stop an increasing amount of Alberta oil from getting to the Gulf Coast.

Gary Doer says shipping oil by rail south of the border has skyrocketed in the last two years with a resulting increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

He says that's why he will continue to work to persuade the U.S. government to approve the Keystone pipeline from Alberta to Texas.

He says it helps that decision-makers in every U.S. state through which the line would run are pushing for its approval.

Doer made the comments at a luncheon speech in Edmonton.

He lauded Premier Alison Redford for going to Washington to lobby for Keystone and to outline Alberta's efforts to reduce emissions that lead to climate change.

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