Senate Defeats Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

CNN just issued a truly bare-bones announcement of the defeat of the Republican amendment that would have “bypassed the Obama administration’s current objections to the Keystone XL pipeline,” apparently late this afternoon.

It’s a start, but these things are like vampires, and the Obama administration isn’t very good with stakes. Expect another attempt to pass the odious (if not odorous) thing.

Meanwhile, even this time, TransCanada has decided to go ahead with the portion of the pipeline that would run from Oklahoma to Texas, which apparently does not require further approval.

In other environmental news today, Sierra Club reports that the transportation bill contained several other anti-environment amendments, some of which, like the pipeline, were defeated by the Senate. It is not clear from the linked press release whether all the amendments have been dealt with, or whether further votes are forthcoming.

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