Five days ago the Senate defeated a measure aimed at requiring the Keystone XL to move forward…and today the vote was repeated. The Senate just can’t stop voting on the issue…how many defeats are needed? The repeat vote was part of a broader package of issues promoted by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) who sought to win approval for constructing the KXL, to expand offshore oil and gas leasing, to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, and to allow oil shale and tar sands leasing, among other provisions. Fortunately the measure failed 41-57.
The Keystone XL struggle isn’t going away…and neither are its opponents.
This morning before the Senate vote, Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute released a new report: The Impact of Tar Sands Pipeline Spills on Employment and the Economy. This is clearly a must-read for all legislators. The report reminds us: “The largest tar sands oil spill in theU.S. occurred on theKalamazooRiver inMichigan in 2010. This spill affected the health of hundreds of residents, displaced residents, hurt businesses, and caused a loss of jobs. The Kalamazoo spill is the most expensive tar sands pipeline oil spill in U.S. history, with overall costs estimated at $725 million.”
Why risk more of the same?
The time for investing in renewable energy has never been greater.