Canada oil pipeline wins approval in House committee
To no one’s surprise, a bill that would force the Obama administration to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline by Nov. 1 passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton, on Thursday.
Jeremy Symons, vice president of the National Wildlife Federation, testified against the bill in committee. He issued the following statement on the passage of the bill:
“The oil companies behind this bill are desperate for Congress and the administration to rush the approval of this pipeline scheme because the truth about this pipeline’s real cost is coming to light.
“If we let oil companies build this pipeline, they will manipulate oil supplies to increase gas prices at the pump in 15 states throughout the Midwest. Changing the rules robs Americans of a full and fair debate and puts Big Oil ahead of consumers and ahead of pipeline safety.”
The bill now moves to the full House for a vote. But prospects in the Senate are much dicier. It is unlikely to get a Senate vote.