Keystone Voted Down With A Little Help From Obama’s Lobbying Efforts

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GREAT NECK, LONG ISLAND

The President doesn’t know what to do about fuel prices. Well, maybe Keystone would help! He lives in that crazyland where fossil fuels can be ignored for the unsuccessful substitutes of solar, wind, and let us not forget the latest waste of money – pond scum.

CNN: The Senate narrowly rejected a GOP-sponsored measure that would have bypassed the Obama administration’s objections to the Keystone XL pipeline and allowed construction on the controversial project to begin.

Fifty-six senators voted in favor of the amendment — four short of the 60 required for approval.

The proposed 1,700-mile long pipeline expansion, intended to carry crude oil from Canada’s oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast, has become a political lightning rod. Supporters, including the oil industry, say it’s a vital job creator that will lessen the country’s dependence on oil imported from volatile regions.

Opponents say the pipeline may leak, and that it will lock the United States into a particularly dirty form of crude that might ultimately end up being exported anyway.

President Barack Obama rejected a bid in January to expedite the pipeline, arguing that a decision deadline imposed by Congress did not le ave sufficient time to conduct necessary reviews. Administration officials have said the president may still eventually give the project a green light, though critics accuse him of trying to delay a final decision until after the November election.

Obama personally lobbied wavering Democrats to block passage of the amendment…

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