House passes Keystone XL bill, environmentalists say Canadian oil pipeline unnecessary
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday easily passed a bill that would require the Obama administration to make a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline by Nov. 1. The vote was 279-147.
Response from environmental groups was immediate. Friends of the Earth, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club called the move “reckless and politically tainted” in a press release.
“While the pipeline disaster on the Yellowstone River in Montana is still unfolding, we should not approve a pipeline that isn’t needed, will raise gas prices and threatens drinking water and other resources from the Great Plains to Texas,” said Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, international program director of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “This is another example of the House’s anti-environmental agenda, putting politics and special interests ahead of science and common sense.”
Whether the bill will even get a vote in the Senate remains to be seen.