Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To Senate Defeat Of The Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Tuesday Night

“The Senate has narrowly avoided a wrong turn that would have reflected the energy policy of the past.

“I hope this will help open the door to a constructive debate about energy policy.  We need to continue to promote a cleaner energy future.  For our national interest, for our economic vitality, and for cleaner air to counter climate change, America needs renewable energy sources and greater efficiencies and the new jobs that go with them.”

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[Leahy voted “no” on the bill and spoke against it in the Senate debate.  The bill was defeated in a vote of 59 to 41, with 60 votes needed for passage.]

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