Landrieu: Up to 15 Senate Dems Oppose Obama on Keystone

by Andrew Johnson

It’s time for the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, otherwise Senate Democrats may have to push the project over the line, according to one of the more vulnerable incumbents. Senator Mary Landrieu (D., La.) offered a look into some Democrats’ frustration with the White House dragging its feet on MSNBC on Tuesday.

“We have a good number of Democrats — eleven to 15, and 15 is the magic number — to get to 60 to send a bill to the president to get the Keystone pipeline built,” she said. “I think the Keystone pipeline should have been built a year ago — it’s been too slow.”

While environmental concerns need to be considered, reports show that the additional carbon to the atmosphere from the pipeline is minimal, calling it the same as “a rounding error.” Additionally, with more than 2.9 million miles of pipeline in the United States already, “news for everybody: we need to build more,” she added.

Despite her assertiveness on the issue, Landrieu stayed away from criticizing President Obama and other Democrats opposing the pipeline too strongly, and dodged the topic of their ties to wealthy environmentalist donors like Tom Steyer. “There are so many theories about the president,” she said.