03/28/2013 04:49 EDT | Updated 05/28/2013 05:12 EDT

Keystone XL Approval: John Hickenlooper Thinks American Attitudes Changing

Fotografía de archivo del 12 de diciembre de 2012 del gobernador de Colorado, John Hickenlooper, durante una entrevista con The Associated Press en su oficina en Denver. (Foto AP/Ed Andrieski, Archivo)

CALGARY - The governor of Colorado says he thinks Americans who are against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline may be beginning to change their minds.

John Hickenlooper has wrapped up a three-day visit to Alberta which included a tour of the oilsands.

Hickenlooper, a Democrat, hasn't taken a political stance in support of the pipeline that would carry bitumen from the oilsands to U.S. refineries.

But he says the public needs to focus on the facts when it comes to Alberta oil.

He says the environmental footprint is roughly the same as that of a similar product from California or Venezuela, but Alberta oil is safer to transport by pipeline and costs less.

The governor says a price differential of $20 a barrel covers a lot of environmental investment.

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