Senate Democrats look to tweak bill on Keystone XL Pipeline
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.