No matter who wins the presidential race in November, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will eventually be approved, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean agreed on Wednesday.

“I think it’s going to be approved one way or the other,” said Barrasso, speaking at a Democratic National Convention event in Charlotte hosted by National Journal, The Atlantic, and the American Petroleum Institute.

Earlier this year, Barrasso had pushed for an expedited decision from the White House on the pipeline proposed to carry oil from Canada’s tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries. But after Republicans in Congress set a 60-day deadline for action, President Obama said there wasn’t sufficient time for a full review and rejected a permit for the project.

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