It never ceases to amaze. Big Oil, and of course money in Congressional pockets, continue to trump the health of the planet planet and human life. It's unbelievable.
Note to Keystone XL tar sands pipeline Drill-Baby-Drillers: Very few jobs will be created, very few will be long term jobs, gas prices will increase, dependence on foreign oil will not lessen, and Bill McKibben and NASA’s Jim Hansen both warn that it would be “essentially game over for the climate” if this crackpot project gets the go ahead.
The House, defying a White House veto threat, passed GOP legislation Wednesday that extends transportation program funding through September and mandates construction of a controversial oil pipeline from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.
All but 14 Republicans, with support from 69 Democrats, voted 293-127 for legislation that falls far short of Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) earlier plan to move a sweeping five-year, $260 billion package.
But Boehner’s retreat serves two crucial tactical and political purposes for the Speaker. It enables talks with the Senate on the highway bill and keeps the Keystone pipeline – which is at the heart of GOP attacks on White House energy policy – front and center as the election looms. [...]
A number of key Democrats also said they were supporting the plan as a way to get to a House-Senate conference. [...]
The latest strategy caught some Republicans by surprise.
Conservatives on Tuesday had complained that they hadn’t seen the new highway extension, and aides and lawmakers said the leadership was not formally whipping support for it.