Posted 2 years ago on Dec. 16, 2011, 7:29 p.m. EST by ZenDog
from South Burlington, VT
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NBC reported this evening that Congress is considering proposals to extend unemployment compensation by two months. In exchange for repelican cooperation on this issue, repelicans want to expedite the KeyStone XL Pipeline.
The objections to the KeyStone XL are many, and include charges of corruption between the developers and the State Department in awarding environmental impact studies to a company too close to the developers themselves.
The New York Times outlines some of the debate around this project with links to more information.
What follows is an email I received earlier today from Credo Action Network, and the links urging action take you to a page where you can plug in your zip code and they provide you with numbers to call to voice your opposition.
The text of the email:
Senate Democrats could be on the verge of caving on the Keystone XL end run as soon as today.
When House Republicans passed their payroll tax cut extension bill on Tuesday which included language to force a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, Senator Harry Reid said "It was dead before it got to the Senate."
But despite that, by late yesterday, The Hill was reporting that a deal, potentially involving the Keystone end run, was in the works as Senators try to return home for the holidays by this weekend.1
There is no excuse, at all, for Democrats to cave to Republican hostage taking and jam through approval of a project that will be "essentially game over" for the climate. Democrats must oppose this project, and this is a moment to call your [Senators] and let them know.
The Republicans' are so indentured to oil companies, they are literally willing to play chicken with the Democrats with government shutdown on the line, to force giveaways to polluters.
And too often, Democrats blink first. According to The Hill, Sen. Max Baucaus said Keystone XL was still in play:
"There's momentum building toward a comprehensive agreement, but there are still a lot of pieces out there," Baucus said.
He added that language expediting the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, included in the House-passed payroll-tax bill, is still in the mix.
To his credit, President Obama issued a veto threat for the House bill, and said he would "reject," — though not veto — the Keystone provision specifically.
Now, this is a test of the resolve of President Obama and Harry Reid.
Republicans say they want to create jobs — but the only independent review of the Keystone XL Pipeline found that it would create few permanent jobs, and cost more jobs than it would create.2
Democrats need to stand up to Republican hostage taking, and reject any deal that forces a decision on the disastrous Keystone XL Pipeline.
Please call [your Senators] now:
Thank you for fighting Keystone XL.
Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager CREDO Action from Working Assets
- "Lawmakers grow confident deal will be reached by weekend," The Hill, December 15, 2011
- "Cornell Global Labor Institute Study Finds Keystone XL Pipeline Will Create Few Jobs," Tar Sands Action, September 28, 2011 Take action now!
And someone else has provided a link to TheOilDrum.com which may be an interesting resource.
I was attempting to pull up this link: -pipeline-caught-in-death-spiral-of-rising-costs but my dial-up connection is overwhelmed . . ..
A letter from Senator Leahy:
Dear Mr. Winter:
Knowing of your interest in the environment, I wanted to share with you a statement that I made regarding the Keystone XL provision that has been attached to the payroll tax break extension bill. This policy rider to H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011, would force Presidential approval of the pipeline, circumventing the vital environmental review process. Additionally, as a Nation we should be promoting job creation in sustainable energy sources, not polluting projects that will only yield short term jobs. The full text of my statement is available here http://leahy.senate.gov/press/press_releases/release/?id=fdc47ebf-ff53- 4702-9d5f-d52165fc6c29 .
You can also read the letters that I have written to the State Department over the last year and, most recently, a letter I sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging him to oppose a legislative rubber stamp of approval for the Keystone XL pipeline. The letters are on my website http://leahy.senate.gov/issues_and_legislation/issues/issue/?id=9f53eb5 5-3631-4607-8ea3-f67a325a5f0a .
PATRICK LEAHY United States Senator
Update: December 24
From: Credo Action Alert
Congress has approved a two-month payroll tax and unemployment extension bill that forces a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline, and by all accounts President Obama will sign it.
That means Republicans have gotten their wish — President Obama will have 60 days to decide on Keystone XL. And we have 60 days to make sure he does not approve it.