The non-binding Hoeven amendment was passed in the Senate late last week during the Budget “vote-a-rama”. The amendment supports approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, prejudging the ongoing review process currently being undertaken by the State Department.
Luckily, this non-binding amendment will not change anything in the process of the State Department’s review of the Keystone XL proposal. And it most certainly will not change the facts surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline – that the future of our environment and climate are more important than running our natural resources dry, furthering our dependence on oil.
The Hoeven amendment was co-sponsored by a bipartisan group:
- Hoeven (R-ND)
- Baucus (D-MT)
- Cornyn (R-TX)
- Manchin (D-WV)
- Roberts (R-KS)
- Heitkamp (D-ND)
- Barrasso (R-WY)
- Landrieu (D-LA)
- Murkowski (R-AK)
- Begich (D-AK)
According the Price of Oil blog, this tight-knit group of Senators have taken 257% more money from big oil and energy interests than their peers. The worst offenders? Senator Cornyn has received $2.1 million dollars, while Senator Landrieu has received over $1.25 million dollars from the fossil fuel lobby.
Keep your eyes on these Senators, especially the Democratic ones. We need to hold them accountable for their vote to undermine our environmental efforts.
While this add-on amendment probably won’t have any tangible benefit for the oil / energy industry, it’s important to realize who is working hard at advocating for the interests of “dirty energy” to the detriment of our environment and the health of our citizens.
- Senate Vote to Reveal ‘Scoreboard’ of Keystone XL, Big Oil Lackeys (commondreams.org)
- Big money influences Keystone pipeline Senate vote (summitcountyvoice.com)
- Keystone wins big in Senate (politico.com)
- Senate Passes Symbolic Amendment Approving Keystone XL Pipeline (huffingtonpost.com)