29 Jan '15, 9pm

Senate approves Keystone — and here’s why that doesn’t matter

Senate approves Keystone — and here’s why that doesn’t matter

The U.S. Senate just voted 62 to 36 to pass a bill that would force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. All Republicans voted for it, and nine Democrats joined in, making for enough votes to overcome the potential threat of a filibuster. Here’s a list of those oil-lovin’, turncoat Dems, in case you’re wondering: Michael Bennet (Colo.), Tom Carper (Del.), Bob Casey (Penn.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Jon Tester (Mont.), and Mark Warner (Va.). And here’s a quote from one of the Senate’s biggest climate hawks, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who of course opposed the bill: “This is the only time in the history of the Senate that we have given such a big hug and kiss to a company, any private company, American or foreign.” But remember: This doesn’t mean Keystone is going to get built. Obama has made it clear that ...

Full article: http://grist.org/politics/senate-approves-keystone-and-he...

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