Saturday, March 10, 2012

Republicans Vow to Continue Push for Keystone

Republicans want to continue to push for the Keystone XL pipeline even though they failed to get the 60 votes they need in the Senate. Senate Republicans vowed that they will try again to speed up approval of the dirty tar sands project.

“If another vehicle pops up, expect a try to put it on there,” Mike McKenna, an oil industry lobbyist and president of MWR Strategies Inc. in Washington, said in an e-mail.

Republicans will seek “other opportunities” to push the Keystone pipeline, Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) said. “We’re very close to the 60” votes needed to pass the Senate, he told reporters in Washington after the vote.

Republicans, including presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich support the pipeline.

Bill McKibben, founder of said, “ [the Senate] vote was a temporary victory and there’s no guarantee that it holds for the long run.”

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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