Bernie Sanders Applauds President Obama For Standing Up To Republicans On Keystone XL

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is applauding President Obama for standing up to Republicans by promising to the veto their bill that would authorize the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

In a statement, Sen. Sanders said,

I applaud the president for standing up to Republicans trying to ram through Congress a bill to let a Canadian oil company ship some of the dirtiest oil on the planet across the United States on its way to overseas markets.

Climate change is real. It is caused by human activities. It already is causing devastating problems and if we don’t transform our energy system those problems will become much worse in years to come. Our country must lead the world in combating the planetary crisis of global warming. We must not reject science and set a terrible example by encouraging the drilling of oil that creates more carbon emissions than conventional oil and poses the risk of extremely damaging oil spills.

If we are serious about protecting the planet and improving our economy, we must focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy, not a continued dependence on fossil fuels.

The first sentence of Sen. Sanders’s statement sums up the situation perfectly. Republicans are trying to shove a bill through Congress that would benefit a Canadian company by allowing them to ship their dirty oil across the United States. The American people get nothing from this. The project will create a few thousand temporary jobs and few dozen permanent positions. The pipeline will not make the United States more energy independent, or lower the price of gasoline.

The best way to keep oil prices low is to use less oil. Clean energy sources are the best way for the United States to keep the demand for oil low while at the same time increasing the nation’s energy independence. President Obama has a great reason for vetoing the Republican bill that would authorize the construction of the pipeline. The legislation would not benefit the American people.

Republicans are already running into a brick wall of opposition on numerous issues. Senate opposition is being led by liberals like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren while President Obama is ready to veto any extremist path that Republicans choose to go down. This wasn’t the first time that Sanders and the president proven to be formidable allies, and it won’t be the last.

Thanks to Bernie Sanders and President Obama, Republicans may in for two very long years.

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14 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Applauds President Obama For Standing Up To Republicans On Keystone XL”

  1. When Bernie applauds President Obama for immediately giving Vermont the right to implement single payer as their state version of ACA I will give him credit. He buried that information so deeply hardly anyone KNEW. He has disregarded this president from day one, and I don’t need Bernie’s ‘approval’ to know when this president has done something well. Bernie is NOT the guidepost by which we measure President Obama’s good work. Bernie has done almost NOTHING in the Senate. He is a good gadfly, but he’s not more than that, and he is often duplicitous about what good things Obama has done and about exaggerating by far what he thinks Obama has done wrong. I really like Bernie, but I surely do wish he were more honorable.

  2. I for one am glad there are at least a few in Congress who are willing to call out the right wing lies and point out the truth. Those voices will never be heard by Faux News viewers or Limbaugh listeners, but maybe others will get the message.

  3. It will take them 3.2 seconds to vote to override the Veto… Listen to the money talk… It says it hates Americans loud and clear as it leaves for China and Mexico. :(

  4. I just heard on MSNBC that the House is planning a vote on the XL Pipeline, even though they have been informed that a veto is on the way. McConnell can’t understand why Obama wants to veto the bill when it has bipartisan support from other Democrats, err, cause me, Republicans in disguise supporting the bill.
    Maybe it’s because the Republicans disguised as Democrats are the ones supporting the bill

  5. Okay no pipeline – Great! Next can we show all the studies showing the reality of the dangers of GMOs and Roundup, and outlaw them please? We do not want their products that are proven to be poison and we do not believe the lies. Also stop the Chemtrails immediately. We can solve our problems without poisoning the planet.

  6. Actually there is no chem trail thing, that’s people trying to get donations from you.

    GMOs? As much as I buy organic, some organic pesticides used are worse then commercial ones.

  7. So Randy, Tell me please how many votes constitutes the override? Let’s see just how informed you are or what you know about the process. thanks

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