HOUSTON, Texas — A new USA Today poll finds that Americans overwhelmingly approve of the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
More specifically, 60 percent of those surveyed believe that both Congress and Obama should approve of the construction. The Keystone pipeline would carry oil from Canada, through the Midwest, and ultimately to Texas-based refineries.
Interestingly, the majority of those surveyed by USA Today were not self-identifying conservatives.
“But on an interesting combination of other issues, the poll finds sweeping consensus in an electorate that isn’t firmly tied to the views of either party,” USA Today reported. “Those surveyed side by more than 2-1 with Obama on a just-announced climate agreement with China, for instance, and with Republicans on approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.”
Last week Breitbart Texas reporter Sarah Rumpf reported that a bipartisan effort has been spurred the enact legislation to approve the pipeline. A bill could be sent to President Obama’s desk as early as next week.
Action on the Keystone pipeline has been put off by the Obama Administration for about six years. Senate President Harry Reid has not even allowed debate on Keystone-related bills passed by the House.
In her article, Rumpf pointed out that the nation’s one undecided Senate seat, in Louisiana, has had an impact on the recent push to approve the pipeline. While most Senate Democrats will not approve the pipeline, Mary Landrieu — a Louisiana Democratic Senator up for re-election — sides with the Republicans on this issue. She said last week, “It is time for America to become energy independent and that is impossible without the Keystone pipeline and other pipelines like it.”
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