Posted 10 years ago on Dec. 7, 2011, 6:58 p.m. EST by qazxsw123
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How dare they attach the payroll tax cut to the pipeline project? As if lowering taxes for the middle class had anything to do with a controversial project that even Republican voters in the states concerned do not want?
President Obama vowed Wednesday to veto any measure that packages approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to his payroll tax cut extension -- something House Republicans want to do.
Obama went further, saying no extraneous issues should be attached to the payroll tax cut.
What's the big deal: (Wikipedia--Impact)
Environmental groups, citizens, and politicians have raised a number of concerns about the potential impacts of the Keystone XL extension. One concern is that the pipeline could pollute air and water supplies and harm migratory birds and other wildlife. It will cross the Sandhills in Nebraska, the large wetland ecosystem, and the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the largest reserves of fresh water in the world. The Ogallala Aquifer spans eight states, provides drinking water for two million people, and supports $20 billion in agriculture. Critics are concerned that a major leak could ruin drinking water and devastate the mid-western U.S. economy. Portions of the pipeline will also cross an active seismic zone that had a 4.3 magnitude earthquake as recently as 2002.[44