January 25, 2015

U.S. Senate May Conclude Keystone Debate This Week So Now Is The Time To Make Your Voice Heard!

While Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer went to Capitol Hill last week to discuss the Keystone XL Pipeline, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed for cloture on S.1, the bill that would approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. Sen. McConnell’s move means the Senate could cast its final vote on the bill as early as Tuesday. 

MSCI members are asked to call their senators today to ask them to support the Keystone Pipeline bill. (Contact information for senators is available here.) 

The pipeline will create hundreds of jobs, but another point to make to lawmakers: the U.S. State Department has said pipelines like Keystone are 20 times safer than using rails to transport oil, which means approval of the pipeline could prevent 2,957 injuries and save 434 lives. We also ask that you remind lawmakers the State Department has determined the pipeline will not significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions. 

You may also send a letter to your U.S. senator asking them to approve the pipeline by using this draft letter provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.