Heinrich Discusses Vote Against Keystone XL Pipeline

Sen. Martin Henrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after voting against the Keystone XL Pipeline legislation:

“This debate is not about a pipeline,” Heinrich said. “It’s really about market signals. A vote to approve Keystone sends the signal that carbon pollution and climate are not serious economic concerns and that even the dirtiest fuels, such as tar sands, are a good place to invest capital. A vote against Keystone sends the signal that our government is taking the science of climate change and risk analysis seriously, and that the smarter investments are on the low-carbon and sustainable fuels of the future. We have a small and closing window to avoid economically disastrous climate impacts. My vote against Keystone reflects that reality.”

The controversial bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would carry crude oil from Canada down to refineries on the Gulf Coast failed in the Senate Tuesday. The bill received 59 votes for the pipeline – one less than the 60 needed to send the bill to President Obama’s desk. However, Republicans have said they plan to prioritize approving the pipeline once they take control of the Senate next year.