Senate Hearing Puts Keystone Pipeline in Spotlight

US Senator Robert Menendez, D-NJ, speaks as he introduces Defense Department general counsel Jeh Johnson to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for Johnson's nomination to be Homeland Security secretary in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on November 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. 
National Journal
March 10, 2014, 4:26 a.m.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez is finally making good on his long-standing pledge to hold a hearing on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

The committee will hear Thursday from pipeline opponents and boosters at a hearing on the project and the State Department’s ongoing review to determine whether approving it would be in the “national interest.”

It arrives more than a year after Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who opposes the pipeline, first said he planned to put the project under the committee’s microscope at some point.

Witnesses will be evenly split on Keystone. Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and former NASA climate scientist James Hansen, who has been appearing before Congress to discuss global warming since the 1980s, will testify against the project.

Several years ago Hansen, who is affiliated with the Columbia University’s Earth Institute, said that fully exploiting Alberta’s vast oil sands resources would be “game over” for the climate.

The phrase has become a rallying cry for activists opposing TransCanada’s proposed pipeline to bring crude oil from Alberta across the border to Gulf Coast refineries.

Karen Harbert, who is president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy and a former Energy Department official under President George W. Bush, will make the pro-Keystone case.

So will retired Gen. James Jones, who was President Obama’s national security adviser.

He’s one of several former Obama administration officials who favor the project, although a number of ex-aides, including former climate czar Carol Browner, are battling Keystone too.

The hearing does not include any Obama administration witnesses.

What We're Following See More »
SAYS OFFER IS NOT "IN GOOD FAITH"
Pelosi Rejects Trump's Immigration Offer
1 days ago
THE LATEST
RARE STATEMENT FROM SPECIAL COUNSEL'S OFFICE
Mueller Denies BuzzFeed Report About Trump Directing Cohen to Lie
2 days ago
THE DETAILS

"Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s office on Friday denied an explosive report by BuzzFeed News that his investigators had gathered evidence showing President Trump directed his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about a prospective business deal in Moscow. 'BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the special counsel’s office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony are not accurate,' said Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller."

Source:
ABOUT THE BORDER
Trump to Make Announcement Saturday Afternoon
2 days ago
THE LATEST
MORE PRESSURE ON WHITE HOUSE
NY Fed Chief Says Shutdown Could Cut Growth by 1%
2 days ago
THE DETAILS
SCHIFF CALLS ALLEGATIONS THE MOST SERIOUS TO DATE
House Intel Will Probe BuzzFeed Report
2 days ago
THE LATEST

"The top Democrats on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees said they will investigate the allegations that President Donald Trump directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations in 2016 to build a Trump Tower in Moscow are true, as BuzzFeed News reported late Thursday. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said the allegations underlying the BuzzFeed report are “among the most serious to date” and indicated he will direct committee investigators to probe them."

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login