The Senate narrowly rejected a Republican-sponsored measure Thursday that would have bypassed the Obama administration's current objections to the Keystone XL pipeline and allowed construction on the controversial project to move forward immediately.
Fifty-six senators voted in favor of the amendment - four short of the 60 required for approval. Eleven Democrats joined a unanimous Republican caucus in backing the plan.
The proposed 1,700-mile long pipeline expansion, intended to carry crude oil from Canada's oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast, has become a political lightning rod. Supporters, including the oil industry, say it's a vital job creator that will lessen the country's dependence on oil imported from volatile regions.
Opponents say the pipeline may leak, and that it will lock the United States into a particularly dirty form of crude that might ultimately end up being exported anyway.FULL STORY
If could create jobs, why not? As far as oil leaks, hire workers to patrol the length of it to repair any potential leak. Thatd create more jobs and help to lower gas prices. Thats my opinion, the way i see it!
Being Canadian, I totally understand the concern with running a massive pipeline of oil for such a long distance, with potential for leaks along the way. Seems to me however, everyone is forgetting the massive spill from the BP gulf incident that if the pipeline was completed, that pipe couldn't produce that much environmental impact, no matter what the leak. You can't continually complain about Mideast oil imports and prices, and then in the same breath, complain about imports from Canada.
It will not create many permanent jobs, mostly short-term construction jobs. So if a pipeline bursts and destroys water sources for our farmers in the heartland, no big deal right AMERICA?
Lefty since you are in Canada and not concerned about the environmental impact, why not pipe it from Canada to the refineries in the Northwest US instead of all the way to Texas??? That would only require half the distance. ANSWER: Canada doesn't want to risk their own land along that route.
And as far as the epa, who needs that bunch of radical tree huggers? Theyre a bunch of loonytoons!
The information on this both pros and cons needs to be more public. And the American voters should have a say!
Good idea, Chrissy!
Not in your life... or mine.
I'd rather spend the money on light rail and alternative transit systems. Sooner or later we're going to have to say no to the Arabs and the oil companies who support them. Now is as good of a time as any. Remember this is Canadian oil being transported because they don't want the pollution of having refineries. Well, neither do we. Mass transit systems help the problem until we can perfect alternatives that will be pollution free.
Long-term thinking goes a long way!
Without EPA we will need more Erin Brockovich's, they will poison more of us.
@High hopes -they are closing refineries and that is another reason gas is up.
That's a good thing, right?
But, we don't want this big old pipeline running the length of our country... we deserve clean air, too. Ever been to southern Texas? Not a pretty sight… refinery after refinery, fire burning day and night!
Thanks, but, no...
Maybe thier waiting on Iran to poop out a NukeMobile running on thier signature "yellow cake" power pellets.
We can eat on the go!
@ America 1st
Are you sure you are o.k?
@ chrissy. Yes. The public needs to know more and not just go along with politicians who are driven more by greed and self serving agenda than the interests of the country or its people.
@america 1st: i'm glad you sound like a moron. otherwise someone might listen
Hi, Lee, Say What and everybody!
Glad to see noone got hit by those radical balls
flying into our atmospheric abode.
hi, hopes 😉 hehe.. you said 'balls'.. hehe..
@America 1st- 3x's more greenhouse gases per barrel than regular oil, it will increase greenhouse emissions by 38 million tons, equivelent to 6 million new cars on the road-Houston Chronicle
Air Alliance houston says that it causes more emissions of sulfur dioxide and particle matter(bad for people with alergies)
Tom Rudolph, a farmer from Circle Mont. in directly affected land, says, the oil companies are lacking a spill response plan.
Canada- Texas route passes thru some of the most valuable agricultural land in the United States. The area is also home to the giant Ogallala Aquifier, which provides drinking water and irrigation for the high plains.
Wow...Mama won my respect!
Gotta run, gotta date and can't be late...
i love how the green energy whackos use the global warming myth to block progress on energy independence.provide alternate energy first then make us stop using oil.doing it backwards is only destroying jobs and destroying the economy.but hey maybe thats what socialist obama wants.maybe hes intentionaly turning the united states into a third world country.he did say he wants to fundamentally change america-and made it quite obvious he meant socialism.
Damm straight its blocked! How many union jobs do we need? Its already a strian on our country. Plus this country is done being built
it will create jobs... rail road jobs... they'll ship the stuff by rail now..
Momma! Such a great argument! If they want to create jobs, get some people to put up wind turbines in the heartland! I'm from the midwest. They started putting them there, (half of them don't work now) finish the job! Instead of giving every American a $40 device to pickup digital TV signals (agenda so wifi would have to be paid for instead of free), give them a $40 device to convert their gas guzzling vehicles into hydrogen (water) burners (agenda, Oil backs the US dollar). Poisoning the enviroment and people is more lucrative then doing whats right!