13 Jan '12, 5pm

Congress Has a Backup Plan for Approving the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

If Republicans in Congress get their way, it won't matter what President Obama decides about the Keystone XL pipeline next month--a timeline forced upon him by Congress in December . Legislators are pushing a bill that would let Congress approve the project on its own. Reuters reports : North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, whose state is counting on the pipeline to help move its newfound bounty of shale oil, is drafting legislation that would see Congress give the green light to the project by using its constitutional powers to regulate commerce with foreign nations, an aide said. The Edmonton Sun has more : Hoeven, who penned the Keystone provision in the payroll tax cut extension bill late last year that forces the White House to decide on the project in 60 days, is keen for the pipeline to be built to transport shale oil out of his state."We believe that express authority ...

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