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senate Bill S. 2280

Approving the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Argument in favor

Creates jobs. Reduces gas prices. Reduces overseas oil imports. Private businesses should be free to act in ways they deem profitable free of government interference.

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07/08/2015
I live in North Dakota. While the oil boom has increased crime and cause led numerous other problems in the West, however the oil is coming out of the ground and being refined whether environmentalists like it or not. It is then being transported down to refineries in the south Midwest two ways. The first is by trucks which pass through large population centers, add to highway traffic, and are more likely to be in an accident than a oil pipeline failure. The second is by train, which recently were allowed to increase their speeds through the town I live in to 60 mph, and hardly a month goes by without a local news story of a derailment and explosion. Both these methods are much more likely to cause an accident than a pipeline, which can be built away from towns, and saves space on roads and rails. I think that the safety and efficiency of something already happening is more important than some dream that city people have that they are preventing more oil being produced and saving some wildlife that can move.
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Anna's Opinion
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02/13/2015
Vote in favor of the Keystone Pipeline. We have a great need to be energy independant.
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Jonathan's Opinion
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02/11/2015
This country needs jobs and this country need oil!!! It chaps my hide that the man in the oval office is hell bent on his agenda to destroy this country and refuses to sign this bill into law
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Argument opposed

Potentially devastating environmental impact. Creates no more than 100 permanent jobs in the United States, according to the State Department.

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11/15/2016
We should be seeking alternative forms of energy. Establishing a priority to innovate safe and renewable energy will boost job growth in the tech sector in the long term, reduce toxic and environmentally damaging emissions, lower the carbon footprint, and promote America's technological superiority abroad.
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Harry's Opinion
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07/31/2015
Only creates very temporary jobs, and its long term affect will be devastating.
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MadelineM's Opinion
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05/15/2015
Ruining the earth and environment will increase global warming and extreme weather patterns. We also have to consider the health of our bodies.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate Rejected November 18th, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 59 Yea / 41 Nay
    IntroducedMay 1st, 2014

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What is Senate Bill S. 2280?

This bill would provide Canadian energy company, Transcanada, with Congressional approval of a permit to begin construction on 1,700 miles of expansions to an existing oil pipeline.


The Obama administration has delayed a decision on the project following a February Nebraska state court ruling that made a portion of the pipeline route invalid. This bill seeks to bypass the President's delay; however, the pipeline crosses an international border, and therefore authority falls to the State Department (part of the administration) to approve or deny the project. The project's cost is $5.4 billion. Numbers vary widely on job creation, depending on the source.  

Impact

Would create jobs, but estimates here vary greatly, with Transcanada — the firm building the pipeline — offering the number of jobs created at 20,000, while President Obama has stated that the pipeline extension would create roughly 2,000 temporary construction jobs and 50 to 100 permanent U.S. jobs. On January 31st, 2014, the State Department issued a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for the Keystone XL that stated in part that the project would have no significant impact on climate change because tar sands oil will be extracted regardless of transportation method (pipeline or railcar). Some environmental groups have raised concern about the high level of corrosiveness in the type of oil being transported, and that such a level of corrosiveness could translate to a higher possibility of a spill.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2280

A CBO estimate is unavailable

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Of Note: 

  • The pipeline would cross six states: Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. 
  • To clarify: 
    •    The main pipeline is known as the Keystone Pipeline, and already exists;
    •    The proposed expansions are known as the Keystone XL Pipeline. 
  • The existing pipeline runs from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Illinois. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is comprised of two extensions to the existing pipeline: the southern leg, and the northern leg. The southern leg of the extension connects Cushing, Oklahoma with Port Arthur, Texas and Houston, Texas, where oil refineries are in abundance. This southern leg is already up and running. 
  • The northern leg of the pipeline has encountered a six-year delay. In February, a Nebraska judge found that a 2012 law improperly gave authority over the pipeline route to Nebraska's governor, stating that route authority actually belongs to the Nebraska Public Service Commission.


Media: 

Washington Post TV: The Keystone XL Pipeline, Explained

Senate Democrats (Opposed)

U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee (In Favor)

The Washington Post

(Photo Credit: Flickr user shannonpatrick17)

Official Title

A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

    We should be seeking alternative forms of energy. Establishing a priority to innovate safe and renewable energy will boost job growth in the tech sector in the long term, reduce toxic and environmentally damaging emissions, lower the carbon footprint, and promote America's technological superiority abroad.
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    Only creates very temporary jobs, and its long term affect will be devastating.
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    Ruining the earth and environment will increase global warming and extreme weather patterns. We also have to consider the health of our bodies.
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    This is an environmental disaster just waiting to happen!
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    I still say no
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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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    I live in North Dakota. While the oil boom has increased crime and cause led numerous other problems in the West, however the oil is coming out of the ground and being refined whether environmentalists like it or not. It is then being transported down to refineries in the south Midwest two ways. The first is by trucks which pass through large population centers, add to highway traffic, and are more likely to be in an accident than a oil pipeline failure. The second is by train, which recently were allowed to increase their speeds through the town I live in to 60 mph, and hardly a month goes by without a local news story of a derailment and explosion. Both these methods are much more likely to cause an accident than a pipeline, which can be built away from towns, and saves space on roads and rails. I think that the safety and efficiency of something already happening is more important than some dream that city people have that they are preventing more oil being produced and saving some wildlife that can move.
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    Environmental damage not worth the few gallons of oil received. Already Native Americans have lost land that was theirs..
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    The Keystone XL Pipeline only creates temporary job growth and cash flow, at best. It almost certainly will create devastating environmental effects for our state's water supply. Agriculture is what we do. Protect it!
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    Shot term jobs and long term environmental effects.
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    Stop this
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    How many of these do I have to deny?
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    We need to find better solutions to pipelines of this nature. Oil companies have proved that they stay above the law, and this needs to be reigned in.
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    You have completely ignored your God-given responsibility to care for the earth and her creatures. Pretty sure Genesis doesn't mention making sure that you and your buddies are supposed to rape and destroy the planet. You both claim to be God-fearing men.liars.
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    No!! Focus on renewable energy and not on oil that is literally killing the only planet we have! If we don't have a healthy Earth then no other political issue matters.
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    Let's birth new economies and BETTER jobs for Americans. I bet if the renewable resource industry did as much lobbying as big oil, we wouldn't need to convince you to make money a different way...
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    Easy one to decide
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    LETS STOP BEING HELD HOSTAGE BY ARAB OIL. WORK WITH OUR FRIENDLIST NEIGHBOR
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    This country needs jobs and this country need oil!!! It chaps my hide that the man in the oval office is hell bent on his agenda to destroy this country and refuses to sign this bill into law
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    We should focus that effort into long-term sustainable domestic energy, and not a pipe of crude oil from/through a foreign country.
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