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Roll Call: The House Democrats Who Voted For The XL Keystone Pipeline

The XL Keystone pipeline, if built, will provide few jobs, but will create much risk. The pipeline is designed to send thick crude oil, derived from Alberta tar sands, all the way across the middle of the United States down to Texas, where it will be refined, and then sent to be sold overseas. The construction of the XL Keystone pipeline will result in a great profits for the oil industry, and tremendous pollution that the rest of us will be forced to deal with. Not only will our skies will become thicker with toxins when the oil is burned, but the pace of climate change will also be increased, as the burning oil sends huge plumes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Oil pipelines often leak, sending black, viscous sludge into streams and rivers.

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In spite of the high risk and low benefit to the American people from the XL Keystone pipeline, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill approving the pipeline yesterday, circumventing the normal approval process. The bill was written by Republicans, but it wasn’t just Republicans who voted for this anti-environment legislation.

29 Democrats joined the Republican Party to vote for the pipeline. Their names are:

Brad Ashford, Sanford Bishop, Robert Brady, Cheri Bustos, James Clyburn, Jim Cooper, Jim Costa, Henry Cuellar, Mike Doyle, Gwen Graham, Al Green, Gene Green, Ruben Hinojosa, Sheila Jackson Lee, Dan Lipinski, David Loebsack, Sean Maloney, Patrick Murphy, Richard Nolan, Donald Norcross, Collin Peterson, Cedric Richmond, Kurt Schrader, David Scott, Terri Sewell, Albio Sires, Marc Veasey, Filemon Vela, and Tim Walz.

2 thoughts on “Roll Call: The House Democrats Who Voted For The XL Keystone Pipeline”

  1. Ella says:

    In todays environment(s), ecological and political, the ‘Keystone XL’ is another example of flaunting over confidence in the face of adversaries that can actually defeat the purpose. There are those, of course, who will fight to protect the “last Rhino horn” in order to stuff more money into their portfolios. It is their premise that no harm will ever come to them therefore… and who cares what happens to ‘the others’. How long would it take for the pipeline to be repaired and the fire be put out it the line were bombed? Now consider where it might be bombed and how many millions of gallons of sludge might be spilled. Planning is already in place to “clean it up” for sure. Is that the kind of ’employment’ Americans want? Are there regulations concerning the manner in which the pipeline is constructed that will be seriously monitored for compliance during the completion and will the entire line be carefully inspected by an outside source before even one drop passes through it – so there will not be the accidental leaks that no one cares if it ever gets fixed. Money – smell the stench of – Money made the “easy way”? The oil is produced in Canada – and it has been said that it will still be sold overseas from there if we do not. It is still sitting there – why? Can’t Americans go to Canada to work if they are in that business and need a job? South Americans come to America for that reason as well.

  2. Tom says:

    Good job on this one Green Man. i can’t figure out why we’d even risk it – especially now when we’re on the verge of a dollar collapse, global financial breakdown, war all over the place, disease, population problems, rising sea levels, and the collapse of industrial civilization – when oil is at record LOWS and sinking from oversupply.

    The frackers are caving but this keeps going? i don’t get it.

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