WASHINGTON D.C. (WTVB) - The Republican majority in the U.S. House Wednesday, including 7th District Congressman Tim Walberg, approved a measure that would speed construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and eliminate the need for President Obama’s approval. But like a lot of bills that come out of the House, they have no future in the U.S. Senate. President Obama has already announced its veto-bait if it ever makes his desk.
After the vote, Walberg issued the following statement: “While President Obama continues to stall on approval for the pipeline, bipartisan support continues to grow. The State Department has said it is environmentally safe, labor unions agree it will create thousands of jobs and 62 of my colleagues in the Senate even voted for a budget amendment to approve the Keystone Pipeline.
Let’s move forward with an energy policy that recognizes the job-creating power and increased energy security of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will help lower energy prices and create jobs for Americans,” commented Rep Walberg following the vote.
Congressman Fred Upton also went to bat for it on the House floor. Cindy Schild of the American Petroleum Institute says it will mean more energy independence and more jobs.
Patrick Dehaan at GasBuddy.dot-com says it’s no guarantee of lower pump prices.
Environmentalists call the pipeline a threat to the plain states, and its promotion of carbon based fuels a threat to the earth.