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house Bill H.R. 3

Laying Down The Keystone XL Pipeline

Argument in favor

Expanding the Keystone pipeline will be a huge economic boon while helping the U.S. decrease dependence on foreign oil.

Curmudgeon's Opinion
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08/01/2015
There is no excuse why White House opposition has continuously prevented what was vitally needed before he assumed office, which was to receive Canadian investment and which has even been cleared in multiple redundant EPA studies.
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hb2000's Opinion
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05/30/2015
I don't like the pipeline but it's better than all the crude oil trains. We obviously need to move faster to get off oil.
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Randy's Opinion
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06/06/2015
Yes build it. Pump more oil. We need more oil. Oil is good. Stop buying that raghead oil. They can just keep it.
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Argument opposed

Keystone XL poses a huge potential danger to the environment that could hurt scores of ecosystems, watersheds, and people.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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12/17/2015
It's simply not worth the environmental hazard that this pipeline will bring along with it. The 35 permanent jobs and the extreme amount of emissions is not worth the financial gain out of this pipeline. Future generations will ask our generation what were we thinking if we enacted this pipeline. Climate change leads to worse weather conditions (bigger droughts, etc.) and more horrific disasters, and it's simply NOT WORTH IT. LISTEN TO THE SCIENTISTS.
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Mary's Opinion
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05/21/2015
Keystone will not change create a significant amount of sustainable jobs.
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Chas's Opinion
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04/26/2016
First, no be of the oil from Canada will remain in the US. All oil transported by the Keystone pipeline is for export to other countries. Second, the number of jobs to be created by this project have been grossly exaggerated. This is a bad and dangerous project that only benefits the Koch brothers.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed January 9th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 266 Yea / 153 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    IntroducedJanuary 6th, 2015

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What is House Bill H.R. 3?

This bill would green light the rest of the construction for the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline. 

Part of this authorization for construction — on a pipeline that would cross six states: Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas — also means approving the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement performed for the pipeline in January 2014. This would mean that the pipeline plans would not face any more environmental impact checks.

Impact

People and wild organisms living around the Keystone XL Pipeline route, people in the oil and gas industry in the surrounding areas, Mary Landrieu's career.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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Of Note:

Sponsoring Rep. Bill Cassidy's H.R. 5682 is rivaling an almost identical bill introduced in the Senate by Sen. Mary Landrieu.  They are both Louisiana lawmakers who at the time of this bill's introduction were heading into a run off election in early December 2014. 

In terms of the construction of the actual pipeline, the stakes in this fight are high for both sides. Environmentalists worry that approval of the project will effectively endorse the continued extraction of bitumen (otherwise known as oil sands or tar sands) in Canada, which has devastated the local environment and contributed to global warming. For TransCanada, which controls the world’s only landlocked oil reserve, the Keystone XL pipeline is their best bet for reaching an international market. For many members of Congress, the pipeline represents a potential source of jobs and income for their constituents, as well as a source of energy security.

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NPR

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AKA

Keystone XL Pipeline Act

Official Title

To approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

    It's simply not worth the environmental hazard that this pipeline will bring along with it. The 35 permanent jobs and the extreme amount of emissions is not worth the financial gain out of this pipeline. Future generations will ask our generation what were we thinking if we enacted this pipeline. Climate change leads to worse weather conditions (bigger droughts, etc.) and more horrific disasters, and it's simply NOT WORTH IT. LISTEN TO THE SCIENTISTS.
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    Keystone will not change create a significant amount of sustainable jobs.
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    It's a shortsighted solution to a temporary problem. We need more work on energy solutions that don't destroy the environment.
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    We can't sacrifice the wellbeing of the earth to create jobs in the short term.
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    Again, this is sacred land. Greed should not be the driving force in this country. It doesn't matter how many jobs we have if we are all dying from poisoning our water and land.
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    First, no be of the oil from Canada will remain in the US. All oil transported by the Keystone pipeline is for export to other countries. Second, the number of jobs to be created by this project have been grossly exaggerated. This is a bad and dangerous project that only benefits the Koch brothers.
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    This is a threat to our public health and a contributor to climate change. We must prioritize people, not polluters. http://lwv.org/tags/keystone-xl-pipeline
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    Yea! Complete the Keystone pipeline!
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    Let's spend our time and money on renewable energy and upgrading our crumbling infrastructure please.
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    This is indigenous land and we would be breaking treaties it is illegal and wrong.
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    Not until they come up with better and more strict environmentally conscious ground rules
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    The pipeline funds should be redirected towards both R&D and implementation of clean energy generators. Jobs would be created for the construction and maintenance of such things as wind turbines and solar panels.
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    Come on you guys. It's not that complicated to be good. Protect the environment. Support clean energy to create jobs. Protect women's reproductive rights. Don't jail potheads. Try to stay out of wars. Be civil and decent unlike our current scary president. Anyway I'm not voting for anyone who can't just do these few simple things and now thanks to this ap it's easy to watch the voting record of our public servants
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    Fell very strongly about the sovereignty of native lands.... please please please divert and / or stop the DAPL.... Have written before but feel so committed to this , I needed to say this again after Trumps signing yesterday
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    I don't like the pipeline but it's better than all the crude oil trains. We obviously need to move faster to get off oil.
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    No more pipelines anywhere!!
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    It it time to move beyond our addiction to fossil fuels to develop renewable energies. Water is a more vital resource which we cannot afford to squander.
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    This is a gigantic infringement on indigenous rights and lands, huge potential for environmental destruction, and is just a push to build oil ($$$$) infrastructure to make us depend on oil companies, instead of solar or wind energy.
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    There is no excuse why White House opposition has continuously prevented what was vitally needed before he assumed office, which was to receive Canadian investment and which has even been cleared in multiple redundant EPA studies.
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    Would much rather see a bill passed that creates jobs in the clean energy sector.
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