LAME DUCK CHAMBER FALLS ONE VOTE SHY OF SENDING BILL TO OBAMA’S DESK …
By FITSNEWS || Against the wishes of a desperate Democrat, the lame duck U.S. Senate killed legislation that would have authorized the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Thus, U.S. president Barack Obama has been spared the public relations headache associated with having to veto the bill – which recently cleared the U.S. House of Representatives for a ninth time.
Democrat Mary Landrieu of Louisiana engaged in a full-court press to pass the bill – hoping to hang onto her seat in a runoff election scheduled for early next month.
The Keystone XL pipeline – which would add to an existing network transporting oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico – is a $7 billion, 1,600-mile project that’s supposed to create upwards of 300,000 U.S. jobs.
Landrieu joined 13 Democrats and 45 “Republicans” in support of the legislation – which fell one vote shy of the sixty needed to overcome a filibuster.
The final tally marked a big win for radical environmentalists and a major defeat for labor unions – two die hard Democratic constituencies that battled it out in an effort to sway fence-sitting Senators. When Maine’s Angus King came out against the bill, pipeline opponents had their victory.
Keystone XL is expected to receive another vote next month when “Republicans” take control of the U.S. Senate – in fact incoming “majority” leader Mitch McConnell has said it is a priority agenda item.
Of course the legislation still faces a likely veto from Obama – who has been blocking the pipeline for the last five years – and even in the new Senate there is not enough Democratic support to override a presidential veto.
Transcanada – the company pushing the project – may no longer care what Obama thinks, though. That’s because its leaders have figured out another way to get their oil – 168 billion proven barrels, at last check – where it needs to go.
It’s called Energy East, a proposed $10.7 billion, 2,858-mile pipeline that would carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil every day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in eastern Canada. So instead of Louisiana and Texas providing supertanker access to Canadian crude – our neighbors to the north will “keep it in the family,” setting up tanker access at Saint John, New Brunswick.
This website has consistently supported Keystone XL. Multiple Transcanada pipelines already run through the United States, and it makes no sense for us to send this business (and the jobs that go with it) someplace else.