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senate Bill S. 147

Authorizing the Keystone XL Pipeline

Argument in favor

Building the Keystone XL will generate thousands of jobs in the U.S., strengthen the country’s domestic energy supply, and potentially draw in billions of investment dollars.

DonaldTrump's Opinion
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10/01/2015
"Will the Keystone XL pipeline finally be approved? Will create over 100,000 jobs and make us more energy independent." [twitter.com/RealDonaldTrump]
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Loraki's Opinion
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07/09/2016
Jobs, jobs, jobs! I think it would provide a much needed boost to our economy!
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JonRunyan's Opinion
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04/07/2015
This has been a political fight since day one!! No basis in reality.
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Argument opposed

Keystone XL will transport tar sand oils— and extremely harmful fossil fuel—across thousands of miles of American soil, where a single spill could hurt scores of ecosystems, watersheds, and people.

BernieSanders's Opinion
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10/01/2015
“I have helped lead the effort against the Keystone pipeline.” [washingtontimes.com]
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ElizabethWarren's Opinion
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10/01/2015
“I want to to know why the pipeline is the very first, number one item on the agenda in this new Congress. Who does this new Republic Congress work for? Foreign oil companies or the American people?” [billmoyers.com]
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BarackObama's Opinion
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10/01/2015
"Let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline.” [newrepublic.com]
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 12th, 2015

What is Senate Bill S. 147?

This bill would authorize construction that would complete the Keystone XL pipeline. It would approve the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement done on the pipeline in January 2014 — essentially green lighting the pipeline extension in terms of required environmental impact analysis.

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 Senate Bill S. 147

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

Of Note: The Keystone XL project has been stalled since 2008, when TransCanada first filed an application for the pipeline. The State Department, which has to approve projects that cross the U.S. border, is still determining whether or not to grant a permit to the company.

Republicans and Democrats have repeatedly tried to pass legislation to get the pipeline up and running with no luck. Of course, even with support from both chambers, President Obama would still have to sign off on any bill related to Keystone.

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.

On November 11, 2015 President Obama announced that his administration would not allow the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed, saying it would "undercut global leadership" on climate policy.


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AKA

Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act

Official Title

An original bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

    "Will the Keystone XL pipeline finally be approved? Will create over 100,000 jobs and make us more energy independent." [twitter.com/RealDonaldTrump]
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    “I have helped lead the effort against the Keystone pipeline.” [washingtontimes.com]
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    “I want to to know why the pipeline is the very first, number one item on the agenda in this new Congress. Who does this new Republic Congress work for? Foreign oil companies or the American people?” [billmoyers.com]
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    "Let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline.” [newrepublic.com]
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    DO NOT PASS THIS! This could and most likely would leak at some future time and has the potential of poisoning all of the drinking water for the middle U.S. Just look at Santa Barbara California. SAME PEOPLE - SAME RESULTS!
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    Focus more on green energy. Honor the treaties America has with Native peoples, respect their sovereignty and quit building these projects on or NEAR Tribal LAND. There have been hundreds upon hundreds of contamination spills from these projects that never get cleaned up completely and poison the people and wildlife. We are tired of this, let's work towards a cleaner and less money hungry future.
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    Water is life! We have already taken enough from the native people. Our focus should be on clean energy instead
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    I do not support this or Dakota pipeline due to environmental issues it will cause. Treatment of the Natives is appalling
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    I am outraged at the plutocracy and profiteering that has overtaken our politicians. Fix it!
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    This has been a political fight since day one!! No basis in reality.
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    Jobs, jobs, jobs! I think it would provide a much needed boost to our economy!
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    Green energy industries would create many more LONG term jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil AND make us competitive in a growing global marketplace.
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    Clean energy has the potential to create far more jobs than the fossil fuel industry
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    Leaking oil pipes, increased earthquakes, 36 permanent jobs, several of the many reasons why Keystone needs to be rejected.
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    Do not approve this pipeline!! We have to protect our land, our water and our native brothers and sisters!
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    We need to start taking more steps to improving our environment and prevent climate change. An increase in jobs will not matter if we do not have a planet to live on.
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    Please don't ruin this beautiful country for greedy purposes.
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    This is about our own security and complete energy independence! Also the keystone pipeline as it is Canadian owned and operated in order to send their oil to the gold will guarantee hundreds of thousands of American jobs! It will be safe! It is about our future as North American Republics!
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    Human rights and tribal pacts are being violated. There is conflict of interest, where President Trump is heavily invested. Furthermore, Sunoco logistics bought out Exxon/Mobile, so Tillerson also has conflict of interest. I heard that one reason for doing this is to create American jobs. It's not as easy as this, however. First, there needs to be education, which the employee would have to pay for. Second, the question arises as to how much we are willing to give up to produce this for another country. Water IS life, and Flint is still suffering. Pipelines explode and kill the environment and habitat that Americans thrive upon. The costs of cleanup are just as important to consider, and projecting these numbers into the future - well, Americans would be spending enormous amounts of time and expense on this subject. Stop DAPL. Look into better options. They are out there and can still make us money and make America even better as a Nation.
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    Let's move away from fossil fuel dependency!
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