Senator Mark Warner Signs Letter Pushing Keystone

Senator Mark Warner Signs Letter Pushing Keystone


Did you know that the 53 US Senators demanding that President Obama build the Keystone Pipeline got an average $551,051 from the oil lobby, a total of $27,500,000 altogether (according to That’s a pretty staggering amount, isn’t it? It’s a sad commentary in this post-Citizens United country.

And know who one of those senators is?  You guessed it, the best friend oil friendly Americans for Prosperity has, Mark Warner of Virginia.  So he’s not only doing the bidding of right-wing hatchet-man and enemy of Social security and Medicare, Peter Peterson, on the budget.  He’s also helping out the Koch’s and the rest of the oil lobby.  

Here’s the list of the sell-outs to big oil.  And note they all oversell jobs, which won’t produce may local jobs along the route and won’t produce nearly as many jobs overall as promised. Nor will the energy be used for the US. It’s Canada’s oil, remember?  And it is headed for China, not the US. So, I wonder, how will this resolve our supposed “need” for more fossil fuel, as opposed to renewable energy?  

John Hoeven (R-N.D.)

Max Baucus (D-Mont.)

Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)

Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)

Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)

Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)

John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)

Mike Johanns (R-Neb.)

Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)

Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)

Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.)

Dan Coats (R-Ind.)

Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

David Vitter (R-La.)

John Cornyn (R-Texas)

James Risch (R-Idaho)

Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

James Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)

Richard Burr (R-N.C.)

Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)

Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)

Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

John McCain (R-Ariz.)

Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)

Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)

Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)

Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)

Susan Collins (R-Maine)

John Thune (R-S.D.)

Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

Mike Lee (R-Utah)

Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)

John Boozman (R-Ark.)

Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)

Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

Tim Scott (R-S.C.)

Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)

Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)

Dean Heller (R-Nev.)

Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)

Mark Begich (D-Alaska)

Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)

Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)

Mary Landrieu (D-La.)

Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)

Mark Pryor (D-Ark.)

Mark Warner (D-Va.)

Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)

Kay Hagan (D-N.C.)

We can’t short cut our way out of our energy problems with Canada’s tar-sands oil and a dirty pipeline sending gas to China. But the above senators won’t tell you that.

And. finally, even the Koch brothers own study shows the effect of our dependence on fossil fuels, a 2.5 degree warming of the planet. PS thanks, Tim Kaine, for not signing.  

  • tjbv.1

    And I realize I’m partly to blame.

    I voted for him. For Governor and Senator.

    Lord, I voted for Max Baucus’ first term when I lived in Montana!

    Had I still lived in North Carolina, I’m sure I would have voted for Kay Hagen too.

    I gave for Heidi Heitkamp!

    I’m going to move over to the corner there with Walt Whitman and sit, shamed-faced, and beg.

    And quit moving, I guess. And vote with greater prescience, ’cause conscience didn’t pull me through on this. Dammit.


  • KathyinBlacksburg

    I do not blame you for being discouraged.  But…Work for a real progressive.  Find a race that is winnable by a progressive and give what you’ve got, time, donations, whatever. There will always be ways to help.

  • Quizzical

    It’s important to remember that we already have one of these pipelines for tar sands — the Alberta Clipper, finished in March, 2010.  http://minnesota.publicradio.o

    All these Senators point to the approval of the Alberta Clipper pipeline to argue that Keystone also is in the national interest.  

    But where is the proof that the Alberta Clipper is inadequate?  To me the Keystone is nothing more than an opportunity for a competing group of investors to make a profit, but at a greater risk to the environment.

  • jack hughes

    I have long feared he is a Democrat In Name Only (DINO).  This is the kind of dung that confirms that fear.

  • Eileen Levandoski

    … the words of James Hansen, NASA climate scientist is this stunning NYT article about the pipeline. (

    Everyone!!! Put down what you’re doing, mark Feb. 17 on your calendar and start organizing your friends, neighbors and co-workers to head to DC for what will be the biggest Climate Rally in history.  

    In life, you only get a handful of opportunities to participate in these mass movement events in DC and this ought to be one of them.  

    Visit for more info and to sign up TODAY!

  • lowkell

    (read: $$$$) while throwing the planet under the bus.  Priorities, priorities, eh?

  • lowkell

    of the world don’t feel any pressure from environmentalists, they will feel free to pull crap like this. Right now, it seems to me that the enviro movement is getting its butt kicked by Big Carbon. That sucks, but it’s also reality, and we need to turn it around ASAP!

  • Jim B

    Isn’t the pipe line going through all red states? While it may be an environmental disaster for them, will it effect us here in Va? If this things does go through how will all those folks feel when all the oil is shipped overseas?