The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has voted to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline would be paid for by the private sector, create thousands of jobs in the United States, and increase domestic energy security. It has been more than six years since the pipeline application was first submitted to the State Department, and the State Department’s final supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, which was last updated in June of 2014, states the pipeline will have a minimal impact on the environment. In fact the proposed route was changed to appease the Environmental Protection Agency by avoiding an aquifer in Nebraska. The EPA has approved the project. New Colorado Senator Cory Gardner serves on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and was one of the lawmakers that voted for the construction. He says “authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is one of the fastest ways that Congress can promote American energy security, create new private sector jobs, and have a minimal environmental impact.” President Obama has promised to prevent the construction from taking place.
Lawmakers Vote to Build Keystone XL Pipeline
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