January 2015, Vol. 70, No. 1


Senate Rejects Keystone Bill

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline project to expand an oil pipeline running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has failed the approval of Congress, after the Senate voted against the project on Nov. 18, 2014 by a vote of 59-41. The House passed its version of the bill on Nov. 21, 2014.

Supporters of the $8 billion pipeline project that would bring crude oil to Gulf coast refineries from Canada’s controversial tar sands came up one vote short of the 60 needed for approval in the 100-member chamber.

Many of the 45 Republicans who supported the bill, as well as some of the 14 Democrats who voted with them, described Keystone XL as a “no-brainer” that would generate thousands of jobs and improve American energy independence.

The Keystone XL legislation is expected to be introduced again in January when the Republicans gain control of the Senate.

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