Senate rejects GOP measure to build oil pipeline
March 8th, 2012
04:28 PM ET
6 years ago

Senate rejects GOP measure to build oil pipeline

Washington (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 move forward immediately.

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


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    Thank you Senate Democrats!

    March 8, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Wvazoe

    Congratulations Democrats!

    March 8, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. cali girl

    Repubs failed again.

    March 8, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. gt

    sorry welders, truck drivers, steel workers,resturants , motels,pipe fitters, gas stations... your president and democrat senators dont like your types of jobs.... 20,000 jobs lost.... but those senators have jobs and dont give a hoot about working guys and gals.... sad...

    March 8, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Tim

    We couldn't have a dumber president (or senate for that matter). I am an environemental scientist by profession and this decision baffles me. Really...."a leak might occur". Guess what, a leak might occur at a nuclear facility or a solar facility (they carry notoriously toxic chemicals). Get a grip.

    March 8, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |

    It had bipartisian support and a majority of Americans are in favor of the Keystone pipeline. But once again Obama and the progressive leadership of the Dems takes the side opposit of a majority of Americans. Just like with Obamacare, the stimulus, cap and trade and the auto bailouts.

    March 8, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Indy

    "By personally lobbying against the Keystone pipeline, it means the president of the United States is lobbying for sending North American energy to China and lobbying against American jobs," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said at a news conference.

    The oil was always going to China and since Boehner owns shares in Trans Canada he is fully aware that the entire intent is to export this crude oil from the US to China

    March 8, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. mk1

    Considering the pipeline would probably raise the price of oil and gas, this is a good thing. We are already pumping more oil than ever before in history, our import rate is now below 50%, we have more rigs drilling than ever before, and we have such a surplus of gas we are exporting it. Back in 2008 Republicans were screaming that the President has no control over gas and oil prices yet have conveniently forgotten that today. Republicans like to try to have it both ways, even when caught. Hypocrite is their middle name.

    March 8, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Congratulations to Senate Democrats.
    We are done with acting precipitously and without looking further than our own noses for consequences.
    Thank you for supporting our President.

    March 8, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. cali girl

    Tim, do you remember the BP spill as a little leak?

    March 8, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. mario

    good call

    March 8, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. macrasta

    Great..thanks Democrats!

    March 8, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Len

    GOP backers need to understand that the GOP Governor of Nebraska is concerned and wants a complete study of the project. Did you know that Michigan has a Canada pipline and it has caused a number of spills. The XL pipeline is over 1800 miles .....I beleive it is important that we understand all the possible consequences....specifically our ground water. This would pass through a water source that supplies water for 4 or 5 states....drinkling, and used for crops and cattle. I remember the GOP saying: We must secure our future for our children and grandchildren...well folks this qualifies as securing their future!!! Wake up...

    March 8, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Kimberly

    Great news! Glad Democrats care more about this country than thier wallets

    March 8, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    "I am an environemental scientist by profession and this decision baffles me. Really...."a leak might occur"."

    If you are you must not be a very good one. Isn't it true that projects like this MUST be evaluated in terms of less than best case scenarios? And isn't it also true that leaks are one of those less than best case scenarios? And haven't similar projects all involved evaluation of potential risks? If you answer "no" to any of those you aren't an environmental scientist. And if you are, then certainly you SHOULD be aware that the XL folks already have a bad environmental track record. Better luck next time creating a more believable fake career.

    March 8, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    Politics wins out over economics. Chalk another one up for Obama and the decline of America on his watch.

    March 8, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. jaywing

    This is a very smart move. Sorry so-called" environmental scientist" and 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 should know "environmental scientist", except you apparently know nothing 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 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. 2012liberal

    REALLY Tim? Thank u dems!

    March 8, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Captain Awesome

    Say goodbye to all of those jobs. Thanks dumocrats. This economy and the American people could have really used those jobs.

    March 8, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Jules

    What is the exact route? Oh, that's right – we don't know. How can it be evaluated if you don't know where it is going exactly?

    March 8, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. Ak-NY,NY


    sorry welders, truck drivers, steel workers,resturants , motels,pipe fitters, gas stations... your president and democrat senators dont like your types of jobs.... 20,000 jobs lost.... but those senators have jobs and dont give a hoot about working guys and gals.... sad...

    what's sad is the fact that you believe the GOP blather about "20000 jobs." Even the Canadian oil company said that was nowhere near accurate. It would be a few hundred jobs. Keep saying "ditto" to the Man From Tan and fatty from the radio.

    Good job Democrats. You avoided one of the biggest boondoggles ever perpetrated by the GOP propaganda machine

    March 8, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Mom in MN

    Great news! This pipline is a horrible idea and would create very few jobs, greatly endanger our environment, and not help one tiny bit with gas prices. Excellent job President Obama and thank you Democrats!

    March 8, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. Talkytalk

    So stop complaining that this President is not creating jobs, it would have only created a few hundred jobs anyways. A few hundred families to continue being on unemployment and welfare is not going to hurt our system, I'm sure we can afford it.

    March 8, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. gt

    ak_ny,ny...a few hundered jobs... ? you must be someone who knows nothing about building or need to ask those hard working americans how they feel about key stone... and if they need a job to pay for house payment or car payment or there kids needs.....

    March 8, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Iamnotfooled

    @Four and the Door--What about a major leak? Would that lead to the decline in America? What about the farmers who grow the produce? What about the aquifer below it? What about clean water? clean air? Would unemployment increase because of this? What about higher prices for food? Think........ All for Canadian oil, in a Canadian pipeline, probably with Canadian workers and the oil going to China!

    March 8, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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