WASHINGTON, D.C. –(ENEWSPF)–January 6, 2015. House and Senate Republican leaders have made clear that they intend to make the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline the first thing they vote on in the coming weeks.
In response, Melinda Pierce, Sierra Club’s Legislative Director, released the following statement:
“Just about the only people who think the first thing Congress should do is force approval of Keystone XL are those working for oil and gas billionaires — which explains exactly why Congressional Republicans want to do it. For those in Congress who don’t share those pro-polluter goals, this first vote will be a chance to stand together and send the message to the public that we won’t go backwards. After all, Americans didn’t vote for dirty air, dirty water, or dirty energy, even if Congress is committed to doing just that.
“Ultimately, Congressional Republicans are yet again wasting everyone’s time trying to inject themselves into a national interest decision that belongs to President Obama alone. The President has repeatedly dismissed pro-pipeline arguments and said he’d oppose Keystone XL if it contributes to the climate crisis. We fully expect him to reject this legislative attack on his authority and reject this pipeline once and for all.”