Hoeven’s Keystone XL Pipeline Passes Senate – Democrats Support Keystone XL

Along with Senator Jim Inhofe’s amendment against the U.N.’s Small Arms Trade Treaty, Republican Senator John Hoeven’s (ND) amendment to support the Keystone XL Pipeline put Democrats on the record as backing it.

John Hoeven

John Hoeven

“It puts the Senate on record in support of the Keystone pipeline project. And that’s just appropriate,” Hoeven said. “The Department of State has done four environmental impact statements over the last five years — four — and said there are no significant environmental impacts. And it’s time that we in the Senate stepped up with the American people.”

All Republicans voted in favor. The Democrats who supported the measure were Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Tom Carper (Del.), Bob Casey (Pa.), Chris Coons (Del.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Tim Johnson (S.D.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Joe Manchin (W. Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Mark Warner (Va.)…

The budget will no pass the U.S. House and it remains to be see if the two chamber can reconcile, but if you’re placing bets, best advice…vote against reconciliation.

Hoeven has proposed separate legislation that would bypass President Obama’s authority to decide the Canada-to-Texas pipeline’s fate. The White House has the final say because the project crosses an international border.

While that bill sits in the hopper, Hoeven’s budget amendment Friday kept up the drumbeat on Keystone. Source: The Hill

The U.S. State Department has said there is no reason to delay Keystone XL.

Damages caused moving oil and gas by road and rail, far higher than by pipeline. 

The evidence is clear: transporting oil and natural gas by pipeline is safe and environmentally friendly. Furthermore, pipeline transportation is safer than transportation by road, rail, or barge, as measured by incidents, injuries, and fatalities—even though more road and rail incidents go unreported.

Congressman Steve Daines (R-MT) statement on the fourth environmental impact statement on the pipeline showing no dangerous impact and here in the Congressional Record

From The Platte Institute for Economic Research: Most of the claims made by opponents of the pipeline are grossly inaccurate…See the 13 most common false statements

  • By pas the President’s authority to decide…} I like the sound of that. Two can play the by pass game. All the Republican’s need is a backbone.