Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Incoming? House Passes Bill Mandating Decision Within 4 Months

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“The Keystone XL pipeline is unique in that it poses both a supreme environmental threat and is gravely symbolic; a harbinger of a certain fossil fuel-dependent doom, if you will. If constructed, the pipeline would carry tar sands crude all the way from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. In all, the pipeline would span over 1,600 miles. And tar sands crude, being literally the dirtiest fuel source we know of, is nastier stuff than regular oil, and has been found to be more likely to cause leaks and spills. And since we already see plenty of those with the regular pipelines (the Yellowstone pipeline rupture just weeks ago), there’s plenty of reason to be concerned.

Yet the US House of Representatives just acted to bring this abomination one step closer to reality.

The House voted 279-147 in favor of forcing the Obama administration to make a decision on the $7 billion dollar pipeline by November 1st. And though the bill is unlikely to pass the Senate, where the Democrats still maintain a majority, it’s a foreboding sign that the pipeline is inching closer to reality.”

Read more: AlterNet

 

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