Top Obama advisor not part of Keystone decision
WASHINGTON - A new senior adviser to President Obama will recuse himself from deliberations on the Keystone XL pipeline.
The hiring of John Podesta was cheered by environmental groups.
Podesta has spoken out against the pipeline.
He is the founder of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, and a former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton.
Keystone supporters were worried that Podesta's presence meant doom for the pipeline
The White House says Podesta suggested that he not work on Keystone because his views are well-known.