16 Feb '12, 6pm

Senators take emergency oil reserve hostage to force Keystone approval

Senators take emergency oil reserve hostage to force Keystone approval

Will the GOP ever stop pushing Keystone XL? (Photo by truthout.) Cross-posted from Climate Progress . Republican congressional leaders have failed to force President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. But that’s not stopping them from trying over and over again, taking hostages in the process. First they used the payroll tax cut extension as a vehicle to force a decision on the pipeline in 60 days, even before the final route was identified. Obama was forced to reject the permit because there was no time to assess its potential pollution. This week, several senators took a different hostage: our emergency oil supply. On Feb. 13, Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), John Hoevan (R-N.D.), and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) introduced the Strategic Petroleum Supplies Act, S. 2100 , that would prevent Obama from selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) unless Keystone is ...

Full article: http://grist.org/politics/senators-take-emergency-oil-res...

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