Friday, November 21, 2014
Senate’s rejection of Keystone pipeline sets up vote for next year
Washington—The Senate yesterday narrowly rejected a bill that would have moved the long-awaited Keystone XL pipeline project forward. Senate Republicans said they’ll have the bill back on the Senate floor in 2015, when they’ll be the majority party. Final approval of the pipeline next year is not a done deal though.
While the House has voted favorably on the pipeline numerous times, including last week, and the number of Democratic Keystone supporters and Republicans in the Senate will likely ensure a filibuster-proof majority on the issue, there’s a good chance there won’t be enough Republicans and supportive Democrats in the Senate to overcome a presidential veto should President Obama make good on his threat.
The Keystone XL project is a proposed 1,179 mile, 36-inch-diameter pipeline that would carry crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to Nebraska. It has been awaiting a presidential permit for more than six years.
“Agriculture is an energy-intensive industry, which is why farmers and ranchers support the Keystone XL pipeline project as part of a larger effort to ensure the availability and affordability of all energy sources,” said Andrew Walmsley, American Farm Bureau Federation energy specialist. “It takes a lot of energy in many forms to water crops, run tractors and combines and keep cows, pigs, chickens and other animals comfortable, healthy and safe.”