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U.S. Senate Fails to Pass Keystone XL Bill

After hours of debate, the Senate on November 18 failed to pass S.2280 to forward construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by one single vote. The vote required 60 yeas to pass. Iowa Senator Grassley voted yea while Senator Harkin voted nay. See how the Senators voted.

The controversial issue came up during this lame duck session because Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) faces a run-off election December 6 against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) who sponsored the House version of the bill.

Republicans vowed to bring the Keystone XL pipeline back up when they take control of both chambers in 2015.

See how the Washington Post reported the vote in the Senate.

U.S. House Passes Keystone XL Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill (HR5682) on November 14 that directs approval of construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The vote was 252-161 with Iowa Representatives King, Latham and Loebsack voting yes and Braley voting no. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill November 18.

Sierra Club continues to oppose the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

According to the Washington Post, President Obama after the vote said he had “to constantly push back against this idea that somehow the Keystone pipeline is either this massive jobs bill for the United States or is somehow lowering gas prices...It is providing the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else,” he added. “That doesn’t have an impact on U.S. gas prices.”

Read the entire article.

Take action now to urge your senators to vote NO on Keystone XL!

It's astounding that while President Obama is hammering out a historic international climate deal with China, polluters and their political allies are still desperately chasing their climate-killing pipedream. It's clear whose interests they are serving -- and it certainly isn't America's.

The federal review process is in place to make sure new pipelines serve our national interest, and that includes protecting our climate, land and water. Approving Keystone XL would open the floodgates of climate-killing tar sands crude flowing through the U.S. It would ensure more disastrous oil spills, threaten sources of drinking water for millions, disrupt wildlife, and increase rates of cancer and other health problems in Canada and in refinery communities here in the United States. Keystone XL is all risk and no reward.

Act now to remind your senators that our climate, our land, our water and our health are not for sale to Big Oil. Urge them to reject this attempt to hijack the review process and approve Keystone XL!

If you have any doubt who these pro-pipeline politicians are working for, consider this: The representatives who voted to approve KXL in the House last Friday received on average 10 times more money from the oil industry than those who voted against it. Clearly it was cynical money well spent.

Together, we've kept Keystone XL from being built for more than six years -- keeping more than one billion metric tons of carbon pollution out of the atmosphere to date. We've come too far to have Big Oil write a fat check and buy the approval of this dirty tar sands pipeline from the U.S. Senate.

It's critical that your senators hear from you before it's too late. Take a minute right now to stop the approval of Keystone XL!

State Department Announces Keystone XL Comments Published

On May 23, 2013, the Department of State posted the first set of approximately 100,000 comments, out of the more than 1.2 million received, on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to www.regulations.gov, a public website. This marks the first time the Department has made all individual comments on a Presidential Permit application available to the public. The Department decided to post these comments as part of its continued effort to maximize transparency in the federal Presidential Permit review process. View the comments.

The Department of State received an unprecedented number of comments on the Keystone XL Draft SEIS from members of the public, federal and state agencies and representatives, Native American tribes, non-governmental organizations, and other parties. The Department plans to post subsequent sets of comments of a similar size weekly. All comments will be posted prior to completion of the Final SEIS. The Department is evaluating these comments to ensure that this input is taken into consideration as it  prepares the Final SEIS. For more information, contact Imani Esparza.

Find out more about Keystone XL's application to the State Department.

Tar Sands

Tar sands oil is the most toxic fossil fuel on the planet that leaves in its wake scarred landscapes and a web of pipelines and polluting refineries all while delaying our transition to a clean energy economy.  Find out more about tar sands in these reports.


Hydrology Report: Effects of Keystone XL Pipeline Leak into Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer 

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Toxic Tar Sands Pipelines Safety Risks 

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Toxic Tar Sands: Profiles from the Front Lines
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Toxic Tar Sands Oil: An Assault on American Water, Air, Health and Jobs
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Tar Sands Invasion
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Ethanol USA

Dennis Keeney, an Iowa State University emeritus professor in the Department of Agronomy and Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering, has published an article in Environmental Science & Technology about environmental, social and food issues resulting from the rapidly expanding ethanol-from-corn industry.  You can read the article here...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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