Iowa Republican Senator, Charles Grassley released a statement Tuesday night, shortly after the U.S. Senate rejected construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, 59-41.
Grassley voted in favor of construction of the pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The measure needed 60-votes to win approval in the Senate. The House approved the pipeline construction earlier.
Grassley said, “We need an all-of-the-above approach to meet the country's energy needs and give consumers choice. That means oil, ethanol, electricity from wind, and nuclear power. The State Department this year released its fifth environmental review of the pipeline, concluding that the project would not bear significant environmental impact and would provide the safest way to transport oil."
Grassley added, "A pipeline would be safer than transporting oil by rail. Congress needs to act because the Obama Administration has stalled for years. Canada will produce this oil with or without U.S. involvement in the shipment. I'd rather work with one of our strongest allies than continue to get oil from the volatile Middle East or Venezuela.”
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