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We Won Keystone XL Fight in Lame Duck Senate. What Happens When GOP Congress Approves It?

Native American march in Washington, DC to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, photo by Resa Sunshine
Native Americans march in Washington, DC to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, photo by Resa Sunshine

By Anne Meador

On November 18, the Senate effort to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline fell one vote short of the necessary supermajority. As the last votes were counted and Senator Mary Landrieu’s hopes of proving her undying fealty to Big Oil were dashed, a lone voice from the gallery burst out in song.

The Lakota singer proclaimed a warrior’s victory. At the same time, his wail lamented the craven, soulless spectacle of a body enthusiastic to build a “continent-spanning death-funnel.”

Outside the Chamber, in contrast to the noble song, cue the Imperial March played on a kazoo. Senator Mitch McConnell greeted the press, eager to say that Keystone XL will be “early on the agenda” of the next Congress.

A bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is likely to pass both the House and Senate during the next session, bypassing the president’s authority to approve cross-border pipelines.  President Obama has made hints that he would veto it. But if Obama were to sign such a bill, or if Republican Senator Hoeven attaches Keystone to a bill he would find hard to veto, what would happen next? Continue reading We Won Keystone XL Fight in Lame Duck Senate. What Happens When GOP Congress Approves It?

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