BREAKING: Key Senate vote on pipeline fails
March 8th, 2012
04:22 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: Key Senate vote on pipeline fails

(CNN) - The Senate narrowly rejected a Republican-sponsored measure Thursday that would have bypassed the Obama administration's current objections to the Keystone XL pipeline and allowed construction on the controversial project to begin immediately.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    I wonder why Republicans are not hammering the Republican governer of Nebraska who asked the Obama administration to take a stand against bypassing the environmental review process.

    March 8, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. obaama victim

    thanks for the campaign commercial Barry

    March 8, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Ari3s

    Thank God. I can't believe that this masquerade has been going on for as long as it has. Everyone who isn't drinking the Republican kool-aid knows this is about one thing: Big oil. This isn't going to help America; it's an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen. Thank you Dems, thank you for protecting the country from those that would destroy it.

    March 8, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. 1civilization

    Good thing. The last thing we need is more gas at a cheaper price. What next? More jobs? Thanks, Mr. Obama. 4 more years... of despair and economic weakness. Sigh.

    March 8, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    There is a God. Why are repulbicans so eager to get this pipeline without regarding the environmental safety? They are hell bent on another Deepwater Horizon disaster.

    March 8, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. LauralVA

    Because Rudy of NYC that would be the right thing to do and they only know far right. No compairison. No facts republicants. Obama/Biden 2012

    March 8, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. sbssue1

    I truly hope the southern vote goes better than you all anticipate. I doubt those folks are not able to see through the Santorum and his crap. He told Wolf he wasn't telling Ginrich to get out, the very next ad was Santorum telling Ginrich to get out of the primary. How about that for nonsense? Think people think.....if you want change, you want Romney who has not been in Washington for a hundred years or better. Turn the economy around and get a job....don't stand in line for a handout. Be Proud!

    March 8, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. l.lewis

    That's great news!!! The President is not aganist the pipeline, he just wants more research on the project...Can't blame him fot that

    March 8, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. SA in OO

    An even moderately objective rational evaluation of all of the pro's and con's of this proposal would come to the conclusion the Senate narrowly reached.

    The problem is that politics today is not rational in their deliberations, and the public is too dumb to know it.

    March 8, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. rda1009

    So sad to see how Liberals think Republicans who also live here want to live with dirty air or water! What a joke you are! it's not about that! It's about jobs, helping the economy and lessening our dependence on foreign oil. NOBAMA12

    March 8, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    "So sad to see how Liberals think Republicans who also live here want to live with dirty air or water!"

    Whether they do or not is irrelevant. They VOTE as if they do. Wanting to eliminate the EPA certainly looks like being in favor of dirty air and water as well.

    March 8, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. jaywing

    This is a very smart move. Sorry so-called teabagger crowd, the Keystone pipeline is a bad idea all around. 1) it will take years to get any oil moving, and in comparison to the oil used in this country, it would amount to a trickle. 2) the environmental disaster potential to sensitive areas and waterways is very high, which you would know if youknew anything about the oil industry, geography or hydrology. 3) hey teabagger crowd, the majority of Americans don't even understand the mechanics of pipeline construction or oil production – they aren't for it or against 'cause they don't even understand it. If they think this single pipeline is going to reduce gasoline prices, they're deluded. Market demand drives prices, not production. 4) if you want lower gas prices, stop using gas. It's time to end the oil addiction in this country. "Drill baby, drill" is akin to a heroin addicts "stab the needle in baby, stab the needle in!"

    March 8, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Just Saying

    just a point of clarification about the headline – the vote did not fail – the vote succeeded in that it was successfully held – the measure to overturn the President's interim decision on the pipeline is what failed. that and its GOP sponsors. I understand that headline writing is an art and that space is at a premium, but it is not that hard to write a headline that acctually means what is intended

    Just Saying...

    March 8, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Kmr

    It is my understanding that the oil that was being mined in Canada, transferred over ecosensitive American states would then be sold outside the US and less than 5 per cent sold here. The only ones again making out are the oil companies. Republican Nebraska Governor wanted this stalled until environmental issues could be fully looked into. The Democrats did exactly what they should have.

    March 8, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    Turn the economy around and get a job....don't stand in line for a handout. Be Proud!

    Not that I need your pep talk but since you bought it up it might interest you to know, I am employed, I am planning to vote for the president AGAIN and I am proud.

    Obama 2012

    March 8, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. gt

    tell that to the guy who is drawing $400 unemployment this is a smart move...its about jobs....

    March 8, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. Fla Pete

    That oilsands project Keystone has is a dangerous enviromental accident,waiting to happen.Ask Michigan,Keystone dumped thousands of barrels of crude right in their backyard.Nebraskas governor seeing that,didn't want that on his tombstone,that's why he's doing more research before opening his mouth.It won't go thru,because POTUS Obama isn't swayed by these republicans lapdogs..And there's not as many jobs affected in this project as you rightwingers think,less than one thousand.Go get back the jobs your great Bush gave away,that's your job now...

    March 8, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. Living in the REAL world

    Well, I guess Obama just wants to continue his fine record of being the foodstamp president. Sorry America, Obama says you don't need any of that messy oil and those pesky jobs that make you get up early every morning. Deal with it... at least until Jan. 2013 when we get a real leader in the Whitehouse and not this pretend man of the middle class.

    March 8, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. DorisV

    Thank heaven or whatever. Hope we can keep this from happening forever.

    March 8, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. marty

    I wonder if the Canadian Keystone XL pipeline has any Republican politician investors on board. Since it's rather silly to expect gas prices to fall here as a result of this construction, there must be another reason for politicians to encourage this.
    Building a short-cut for Canada to ship it's oil through the states to refineries down on the coast where it will be sold to other countries just doesn't make any sense.

    March 8, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. Name paul

    The pipeline is good, safer than train or truck...but the trains are owned by oblameos people...the so called area in question has 16 current pipelines and would split two nuke reactors..lets not mention rural wasteland that not even good for cattle. Years of prior planning, jumping through hoops, safety concerns, lawyers and money for what...a last second look. Piss poor American policy and the EPA should pay for all the wasted money. Demonut need to be held accountable for their stupidity...

    March 8, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |