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Wisconsin’s U.S. Senators Disagree On Keystone XL

Baldwin Says Congress Should Not Be Involved, While Johnson Says Project Must Be Approved

Photos: Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-NC-SA).

Wisconsin’s U.S. senators are at odds over a bill that would approve construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The roughly 1,200-mile pipeline would carry around 800,000 barrels a day from Canada to Nebraska on its way to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin said Congress shouldn’t be involved in the process at all.

“There are reasons why we have structures set up that allow a very comprehensive look at these issues, whether it’s the environmental assessment or just the process of getting public input into the route of various siting decisions,” said Baldwin.

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Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said the pipeline is the most environmentally friendly way to transport oil, reduce energy costs and create jobs.

“The facts are on the side of permitting the Keystone XL pipeline,” he said.

Johnson said the pipeline’s construction is being held hostage by President Barack Obama. Republicans need 67 votes to override a presidential veto.