yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of rushing approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
This doesn't mean the pipeline is getting built -- not by a long shot. The bill would still have to pass the Senate and be signed by the President, neither of which are likely to happen. It does show that we need to be vigilant after our temporary victory to stop Keystone XL -- the corporate polluters pushing this climate disaster never sleep.
Since we blocked the front door, Big Oil is now trying to bring Keystone in through the back -- their representatives in Congress are attaching the pipeline as an amendment to a crucial bill about taxes and the economy. If we want to make sure the pipeline never gets built, once again we need to get loud and bring this fight back into the public.
Here’s the truth: much of our Congress is bought and sold by corporations. The 234 members of the House who supported this bill took $42,374,100 from corporate polluters in the last decade. If we want Congress to start working for us, and for the planet, we need to call them out on this corruption whenever it happens.