13 Feb '12, 1pm

Tell your senator: Hold the line in the tar sands

Tell your senator: Hold the line in the tar sands

In Congress, bad ideas never die — they just get tacked on to unrelated bills. And so we really shouldn’t be too surprised that the Keystone XL pipeline walks again in the Senate, zombie-like, oozing tar and pumped with petrodollars. Keystone XL is the continent-spanning pipeline project intended to pump dirty, expensive tar-sands bitumen (i.e., sludge) from Alberta to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries. Its multipronged environmental threat brought together an unprecedented coalition to oppose it last year and inspired one of the largest civil disobedience protests in American history. Thought the pipeline was dead ? We did too. But the latest move in the Keystone saga has Republican senators ready to insert a pipeline authorization as a “rider” to a transportation bill that’s already being fast-tracked. The idea here, plainly, is to try to force President Obama into what his opp...

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