Pledging
These are the original issues in this subcategory
  • KEYSTONE PIPELINE
  • FRACKING
  • OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING
Winning Issue » KEYSTONE PIPELINE


The uncompleted Keystone Pipeline System is intended to transport Canadian tar sands oil through our northern states to refineries in Texas. Tar sands oil is not like the typical petroleum pumped from Saudi Arabia or Texas. Extracting and refining this type of oil requires vast amounts of heat, water and chemicals. Three barrels of water are required to extract a single barrel of tar sands oil. This water comes from rivers and underground aquifers. Nearly all of the 2.4 million gallons of toxic waste water generated from this process each day must be held in large tailing pools where it can migrate into surface and ground water supplies. Keystone would cross six states and several major rivers including the Yellowstone, Missouri and Red Rivers. It is also located near the Ogallala Aquifer which supplies water to 25% of America’s irrigated land and drinking water for two million Americans. When tar sands oil spills into a waterway, it is much more difficult to clean up than conventional oil since it sinks rather than floats. In fact, there is currently no proven method for cleaning up this type of spill. In 2010, a million gallons of tar sands oil spilled from a pipeline into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. After spending more than 4 years and a billion dollars in cleanup efforts, nearly 40 miles of the Kalamazoo is still contaminated. Keystone supporters say this project will create jobs and reduce our dependence on imported oil. Opponents say dirty tar sands oil is an example of the type of material which must be left in the ground if climate change is to be controlled. However, a State Department report downplayed the impact Keystone would have on climate change, or containing the expansion of Canada’s vast oil sands, saying that if Keystone is cancelled, this oil will instead be shipped by rail. The Obama administration has repeatedly delayed its decision on whether to proceed with building the Keystone pipeline.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.28 - Keystone For a Secure Tomorrow Act



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current Keystone pipeline policy and wish to defeat H.R.28 - Keystone For a Secure Tomorrow Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support approving a specified permit regarding certain energy-related facilities and land transportation crossings on the international boundaries of the United States for the Keystone XL pipeline project; including within such permit the Nebraska reroute evaluated in the Final Evaluation Report issued the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality in January 2013, and wish to pass H.R.28 - Keystone For a Secure Tomorrow Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Jeff Denham (CA) and/or Rep. Ted Poe (TX), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support approving a specified permit regarding certain energy-related facilities and land transportation crossings on the international boundaries of the United States for the Keystone XL pipeline project; including within such permit the Nebraska reroute evaluated in the Final Evaluation Report issued the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality in January 2013, and wish to pass H.R.28 - Keystone For a Secure Tomorrow Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Jeff Denham (CA) and/or Rep. Ted Poe (TX), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
February 20, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
March 4, 2020
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February 27, 2020


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