FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 17, 2011
Contact: Eddie Scher, 415-817-1819
SENATE VOTES TO FAST TRACK DIRTY OIL PIPELINE
Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. Senate voted to approve the payroll
tax cut package that includes a provision to bypass environmental
review of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would which would carry
dirty tar sands oil 1,600 miles from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
In response, Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club,
issued the following statement:
“Using the payroll tax cut package to advance Big Oil’s profits was an
insult to America’s working families. But the real insult to this
injury is the poisoned water and air, the destroyed livelihoods for
farmers and ranchers that this dirty Keystone XL pipeline brings to
the nation’s heartland.
“Big Oil and their cronies in Congress know that this expensive,
dangerous and unnecessary pipeline fails the national interest test.
That’s why they are trying to bypass the required thorough, unbiased
scientific review and rush this project through.
“The Senate failed in its duty to uphold the laws of the United States
and protect the American people. When this bill reaches the
President’s desk, President Obama must reject the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all.”