Senator Bernie Sanders on Senate Approval of Pipeline Bill

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–January 29, 2015. Urging the Senate to sustain an expected veto, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday voted against a bill to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada’s tar sands region to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

Sanders called it “totally crazy” to promote the burning of more oil that scientists blame for greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global climate change.

“With the scientific community telling us loudly and clearly that we must transform our energy system away from fossil fuels if we are to combat climate change, it is insane for the Congress to support the production and transportation of some of the dirtiest oil on the planet,” Sanders said.

The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 62 to 36, short of a two-thirds, veto-proof majority. Should the bill pass the House, as expected, and President Barack Obama vetoes it, as the White House has signaled he will do, Sanders urged the Senate to sustain the veto.