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Senate Democrats look to tweak bill on Keystone XL Pipeline

2 years 4 months 2 weeks ago January 13, 2015 Jan 13, 2015 Tuesday, January 13 2015 January 13, 2015 2:08 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democrats plan to use Senate consideration of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to get Republicans on the record about climate change and to resurrect parts of a bipartisan energy efficiency bill doomed by pipeline politics last year. But Republicans readied additions such as lifting a ban on crude oil exports.

Other possible tweaks could attempt to ban exports of oil sent through the pipeline or force the pipeline's builders to use American-made steel.

Full-blown debate on the bill is expected later Tuesday after the Senate agreed 63-32 Monday to begin deliberating the measure.

The 1,179-mile pipeline would carry an estimated 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada to Nebraska. An amendment previewed last week would say climate change is real and the U.S. should move away from fossil fuels.

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