Landrieu Lobbies Hard for Keystone XL

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. Landrieu is part of a Louisiana political dynasty. Her father, Moon Landrieu, was mayor of New Orleans in the 1970s, and her brother, Mitch Landrieu, is the city's current mayor. But Landrieu's 1995 run for governor was anything but a coronation. She finished a disappointing third place in the primary. But she recovered quickly, winning her Senate seat the following year.
National Journal
Clare Foran
Nov. 12, 2013, 4:16 p.m.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said Tues­day that she would con­tin­ue to put pres­sure on the ad­min­is­tra­tion to speed up its re­view of the Key­stone XL pipeline.

“I in­tend to see if we can push for­ward the ap­prov­al of the Key­stone pipeline,” Landrieu told re­port­ers after a meet­ing the sen­at­or held with Premi­er Al­is­on Red­ford of Al­berta, Canada, to dis­cuss a way for­ward on the pipeline, which, if built, would bring crude from Al­berta’s oil sands to Gulf Coast re­finer­ies.

“The ball is in our court and I hope the United States will make a de­cision,” Landrieu said. “So I’m go­ing to be call­ing over to the State De­part­ment, push­ing the State De­part­ment. While the premi­er can’t do that, mem­bers of Con­gress most cer­tainly can.”

State is cur­rently work­ing to com­plete an en­vir­on­ment­al-im­pact as­sess­ment of the pro­ject. Once that re­port has been re­leased, Pres­id­ent Obama has fi­nal au­thor­ity to ap­prove or re­ject the pro­pos­al, but that hasn’t stopped mem­bers of Con­gress from weigh­ing in on the de­cision.

“The Key­stone pipeline should have been ap­proved years ago,” Landrieu said, force­fully. “It needs to be ap­proved as soon as pos­sible.”

En­vir­on­ment­al groups say the pipeline would hasten oil-sands ex­trac­tion and in­crease green­house-gas emis­sions.

Landrieu pushed back against such claims, however, ar­guing that trans­port­ing oil via a pipeline would be bet­ter for the en­vir­on­ment, and safer, than ship­ment by rail.

“Right now we’re put­ting this oil in trains. It’s more dan­ger­ous to the at­mo­sphere, caus­ing more green­house gases, and much more dan­ger­ous to people,” she said, adding: “I don’t really un­der­stand the en­vir­on­ment­al ar­gu­ments at all re­l­at­ive to this.”

The pres­id­ent has said he will only ap­prove the pro­ject if it does not sub­stan­tially add to at­mo­spher­ic levels of car­bon di­ox­ide.

Dur­ing her trip to Wash­ing­ton, Red­ford also met with House En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee Chair­man Rep. Fred Up­ton, R-Mich., and Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., as well as Kerri-Ann Jones, the as­sist­ant sec­ret­ary of State for oceans and in­ter­na­tion­al en­vir­on­ment­al and sci­entif­ic af­fairs .

What We're Following See More »
Trump Enriching His Businesses with Donor Money
1 days ago

Donald Trump "nearly quintupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising funds from donors, compared with March, when he was self-funding his campaign." A campaign spokesman "said the increased office space was needed to accommodate an anticipated increase in employees," but the campaign's paid staff has actually dipped by about 25 since March. The campaign has also paid his golf courses and restaurants about $260,000 since mid-May.

Trump Cancels Rallies
1 days ago

Donald Trump probably isn't taking seriously John Oliver's suggestion that he quit the race. But he has canceled or rescheduled rallies amid questions over his stance on immigration. Trump rescheduled a speech on the topic that he was set to give later this week. Plus, he's also nixed planned rallies in Oregon and Las Vegas this month.

Sean Hannity Is Also Advising Trump
2 days ago

Donald Trump's Fox News brain trust keeps growing. After it was revealed that former Fox chief Roger Ailes is informally advising Trump on debate preparation, host Sean Hannity admitted over the weekend that he's also advising Trump on "strategy and messaging." He told the New York Times: “I’m not hiding the fact that I want Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States. I never claimed to be a journalist.”

RNC’s Spicer to Work from Trump HQ
2 days ago

"Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican party will coordinate more closely going forward, with the GOP's top communicator and chief strategist Sean Spicer increasingly working out of Trump campaign headquarters, the campaign confirmed Sunday."

Manafort Resigns from Trump Campaign
5 days ago

In a statement released Friday morning, the Trump campaign announced that Paul Manafort has resigned as campaign chairman. The move comes after fresh questions had been raised about Manafort's work in Russia and Ukraine, and Trump brought in Stephen Bannon "as a de facto demotion for Manafort."