Shimkus Votes For FrackingCongressman John Shimkus voted with the majority in the U.S. House on Wednesday in support of legislation that would enable construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The bill passed with bipartisan support, 241-175. This is the eighth time the house has approved the legislation, but the Senate is not considering similar legislation and President Obama has threatened a veto.
The Keystone XL pipeline would bring Canadian crude oil to the Midwest and Gulf Coast refineries. Shimkus blames the President for holding up the project that would create 20,000 direct jobs and thousands of additional spin off jobs. He says the pipeline has support from both business and labor groups. Shimkus notes this project doesn't even involve spending federal money, has been studied for years and should be approved. Opponents to the Keystone project are concerned about the risk of pollution and the impact development of Alberta's oil sands would have on increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
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