17 Dec '11, 5am

Will Republican high stakes gamble kill the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline?

In a huge overreach, Senate Republicans insisted yesterday that a provision that would require the President to make a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline be included in the tax extension package. The package is likely to be voted on in the Senate today and go to the House for approval early next week. NRDC responded by calling out the inclusion as nothing but a political ploy. My colleague Susan Casey-Lefkowitz , issued the following statement: "Special interest riders do not belong in legislation designed to help the American people. Republicans took the payroll tax-cut extension bill hostage and delivered a year-end bonus to Big Oil. The president went along in order to save hard-working Americans from a tax increase on January 1, 2012. We get that. “But with the Republicans forcing the president’s hand, he will have no choice but to reject the Keystone X...

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