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March 8, 2012 / franteplitz

Senate Defeats Effort to Approve Keystone XL

This afternoon the Senate narrowly defeated an amendment to the transportation bill by Senator Hoeven (R-ND) that would have undercut the President’s decision-making authority on the Keystone XL pipeline and moved the project forward. The Senate lacked the three-fifths majority needed to approve the measure.

Concerned citizens and green businesses have spoken out against the pipeline, defeating Big Oil…for the moment.

Today’s vote was a resounding “No!” to:

Dirty fossil fuel

Oil spills

Damage to human health

Environmental dangers

Exacerbation of climate change

False job creation claims

False energy security claims

Of course, we’ve got a long road ahead of us. TransCanada is planning to proceed with a portion of the pipeline (from TX to OK) and to re-apply for a permit for the section crossing between Canada and the US. There are plenty of challenges ahead – but today’s Senate vote positions us for further success.

 We’ll need you to stay informed and stay involved – so do check out:

The latest (March 2012) resource by the National Resources Defense Council on the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline and Climate Change.

This YouTube video of Texan landowners against the K XL.

Articles about Lakota resistance to the K XL:

http://www.lastrealindians.com/2012/03/06/oglala-nationals-roadblock-oil-pipeline-trucks-on-pine-ridge-rez/

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/03/lakota-arrests-underway-halting-xl.html

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