GOP pushes for backdoor approval of Keystone XL pipeline
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Like a zombie that just won’t die, the Keystone XL pipeline reared its ugly head once again this weekend, as the U.S. Senate passed a payroll tax cut provision that includes a provision to bypass environmental review of the project.
In case you’ve been hiding under your bed the last few months, the Keystone XL pipeline would would carry dirty tar sands oil 1,600 miles from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
It’s one of the dirtiest forms of fossil fuels imagineable, and the Republicans, deep in the pockets of the oil industry, want it bad. Completely ignoring the fact that a majority of Americans have clearly expressed their feelings that they don’t want tar sands oil crossing the country in a pipeline, the GOP continues to push for the project to force a showdown with the Obama administration.
Not only that, they want it approved without the scientific scrutiny required by federal environmental laws.
The reason for that is obvious. Any rigorous environmental review would show that the pipeline plan fails the smell test — by a mile.
The latest measure was passed Saturday, when few people are paying attention to politics.
Here’s what Sierra Club director Michael Brune had to say:
“Using the payroll tax cut package to advance Big Oil’s profits was an insult to America’s working families. But the real insult to this injury is the poisoned water and air, the destroyed livelihoods for farmers and ranchers that this dirty Keystone XL pipeline brings to the nation’s heartland.
“Big Oil and their cronies in Congress know that this expensive, dangerous and unnecessary pipeline fails the national interest test. That’s why they are trying to bypass the required thorough, unbiased scientific review and rush this project through.
“The Senate failed in its duty to uphold the laws of the United States and protect the American people. When this bill reaches the President’s desk, President Obama must reject the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all.”
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