The Democrats intend to use the Senate debate of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to force Republicans to get on the record about climate change, and, possibly, bring back the bipartisan energy efficiency bill, which was basically killed by the same pipeline debate in 2014. But Republicans are also preparing for a showdown over the pipeline, and their top goal is to lift the ban on crude oil exports.
Meanwhile, Sen. Al Franken has injected American-made steel back into the Keystone XL pipeline debate, according to the MinnPost. He introduced an amendment—which could come to the floor for a vote next week—requiring that the pipeline must be built with American-made steel.
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And we didn’t know we were still making that thing…
During his 2014 reelection campaign, Franken said that despite his opposition to the regulatory process for Keystone, in the end it should be constructed with American steel.
That’s a fine sentiment over in Minnesota, apparently, because Franken won by a landslide.
The Franken amendment insists that: “to the maximum extent consistent with the obligations of the United States under international trade agreements, none of the iron, steel or manufactured goods used in construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and facilities approved by this act may be produced outside of the United States.”
The only way the folks constructing the pipeline can be excused, is if buying USA would increase the cost of the project by more than 25 percent.
Good on you, Minnesota Al!