23 Dec '11, 3am

Congress forces Obama to decide on #KeystoneXL tar sands pipeline within 60 days Will this doom the project?

Congress forces Obama to decide on #KeystoneXL tar sands pipeline within 60 days Will this doom the project?

Korean Resource Center via Flickr /CC BY 2.0 Well, it's official. An intransigent GOP faction in the House of Representatives finally agreed to a 2-month stopgap extension of an important payroll tax cut for the middle class. The much-ballyhooed payroll tax cut bill that passed the House today includes, as we knew it would, a provision that forces the president's hand on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. President Obama now has 60 days to approve or deny the controversial project. While this move, the result of back room dealing between the GOP and Big Oil , has alarmed farmers, environmentalists and concerned citizens who have spent the last six months publicly organizing and peacefully fighting against the proposed project, there's reason to believe it could be a blessing in disguise. As Mat pointed out earlier, when the Keystone XL provision was first getting tacked o...

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