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AFP Previews Keystone XL Vote, Says Landrieu Allies Put Politics Over Jobs

May 07, 2014

AFP Louisiana State Director Phillip Joffrion released the following statement today:

“Senator Landrieu’s newfound energy to whip votes for the Keystone Pipeline is too little, too late. Had Senator Landrieu’s allies not relentlessly pushed politics over people and jobs, this no-brainier approval would have happened long ago. Senator Landrieu’s much-touted clout is useless if her colleagues continue holding onto an anti-jobs, anti-energy agenda.”

SENATOR LANDRIEU CLAIMS SHE’S FIGHTING FOR KEYSTONE

Mary Landrieu On The Keystone Pipeline: “I’m Not Going To Tell You My Secrets, But I Am Going To Win.” (Bruce Alpert, “Sen. Landrieu Says She Has 11 Democratic Votes For Keystone And Working On 4 More,” Times-Picayune, 5/6/14)

BUT HER ALLIES IN WASHINGTON CONTINUE TO PUT POLITICS AHEAD OF JOBS

“Obama Administration Delays Decision On Keystone XL Pipeline.” (David Lauder and Lisa Mascaro, “Obama Administration Delays Decision On Keystone XL Pipeline,” The Los Angeles Times, 4/18/14)

Reid Rebuffs Demands For Votes On Keystone: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday rebuffed Republican demands for votes on amendments to an energy efficiency bill, possibly dooming consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline.” (Alexander Bolton, “Reid Gives GOP Ultimatum On Keystone,” The Hill, 5/6/14)

SPECIAL INTERESTS SEEM TO HAVE MORE SWAY THAN SEN. LANDRIEU

CNBC: “Why Obama’s Keystone Opposition Reeks Of Politics.” “Politicians make their living shading the truth. But even by those low standards, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz offered a whopper on Sunday, saying that the Obama administration’s latest non-decision on the Keystone XL pipeline was not political.” (Ben White, “Why Obama’s Keystone Opposition Reeks Of Politics,” CNBC, 4/21/16)

Tom Steyer’s PAC Strongly Opposes Construction Of The Keystone XL Pipeline. “Mr. Steyer’s PAC, NextGen Climate Action, is strongly opposed to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying it would intensify global warming by increasing fossil-fuel emissions.” (Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times, 3/19/14)

Tom Steyer Is A Billionaire And Major Democratic Donor. “Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer is laying plans to go big in the 2014 election. The former hedge fund manager is hoping to spend $100 million — $50 million from his personal fortune and $50 million from other donors — to make climate change a top-tier issue in the election.” (Andrew Restuccia, POLITICO, 2/18/13)

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT KEYSTONE

The State Department

Keystone Unlikely to Impact Climate. “The State Department concluded in its final environmental assessment issued Friday that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would be unlikely to alter global greenhouse gas emissions.”(Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson, “State Department releases Keystone XL final environmental impact statement,” Washington Post, 1/31/14)

Labor Unions

“A Low Blow To Working Men And Women.” “This [Keystone XL delay] is another low blow to the working men and women of our country for whom the Keystone XL Pipeline is a lifeline to good jobs and energy security.” (Terry O’Sullivan, LIUNA on Further Delay of Keystone Recommendation, 4/18/14)

The American People

65% of Americans Say Keystone Should Be Approved. “Americans support the idea of constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the United States by a nearly 3 to 1 margin, with 65 percent saying it should be approved and 22 percent opposed, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.” (Juliet Eilperin and Scott Clement, “New Post-ABC News poll: Keystone XL project overwhelmingly favored by Americans,Washington Post, 3/7/14)

“The public thinks the massive project… will produce significant economic benefits.” (Juliet Eilperin and Scott Clement, “New Post-ABC News poll: Keystone XL project overwhelmingly favored by Americans, Washington Post, 3/7/14)

Many Believe Keystone Will Create An “Economic Boon.” “A recent State Department assessment said the project would create 1,950 jobs for a two-year period, after which it would generate 50 permanent jobs. But most people see it as a larger economic boon, the poll shows.” (Juliet Eilperin and Scott Clement, “New Post-ABC News poll: Keystone XL project overwhelmingly favored by Americans, Washington Post, 3/7/14)

For more information or to an interview, please contact Phillip Joffrion at PJoffrion@afphq.org.

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