In November, President Obama rightly decided that the Keystone XL decision is too important, and the process of review has been too compromised, to rush it through.
The people of Nebraska—through their Legislature, Republican governor, and both U.S. senators—have asked for a more vigorous review, expressing deep concern over the risks to America’s greatest groundwater aquifer, the Ogallala Aquifer.
Now, House and Senate Republicans have attached a hurried decision on Keystone XL to the biggest grudge match in the 2012 legislative endgame—extending the payroll tax break.
Senator Patrick Leahy’s very moving and passionate speech on why these two decisions should not be linked is part of the Congressional record. It’s definitely worth a read. The decision on Keystone XL is a sober responsibility for Obama’s administration and should not be used as a political football for the next two weeks.
On Friday, December 16 at 3:30PM, the Minnesota chapter of Bill McKibben’s phenomenally successful 350.org is gathering at Gold Medal Park in Minneapolis. They’ll march to Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office to support her rejection of the Keystone pipeline and urge her to stand strong with President Obama and Senator Leahy.
Register here to join the rally and support Senator Klobuchar.
Photo: Peter Essick