After Tar Sands Action supporters sent 4500 messages to their Senators in under 24 hours, Sen. Harry Reid has just announced that legislation to force approval of Keystone XL will be dead on arrival in the Senate:
Here is Reid’s comment: “If the House sends us their bill with Keystone in it, they are just wasting valuable time because it will not pass the Senate.”
After an incredible grassroots led effort to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, on November 11th President Obama rejected a flawed, corrupt and incomplete environmental impact review process led by the State Department, and sent the entire project back for a full re-review, including an assessment of the pipeline’s impact on climate change.
In response, Big Oil’s represenatives in Congress put together legislation designed to force approval of the pipeline, and attached it to must-pass legislation supported by the President. Reid’s comment shows that this tactic will fail.
The continued backlash against legislative attempts to rush approval of the pipeline shows that the movement against the tar sands and fossil fuel extraction will continue to grow and exercise power.
To send a message to your Senator encouraging them to stand strong on Keystone XL, click here: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/2133/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6875