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Northern Route Approval Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of New York. I thank the gentleman for yielding and for his leadership on this and in so many other areas.

I rise in opposition to H.R. 3. It is a very bad deal. It's bad for our environment, our energy policy, American workers, and a bad deal for America in general.

In the way this bill is written, a foreign company pumping a very dirty form of oil all the way across this country would not have to pay a dime into our oil spill liability trust fund the way that American companies have to do. Under this bill, the highly polluting tar sands that the pipeline carries would produce over 40 percent more carbon pollution than conventional oil and would increase America's dependence on one of the single dirtiest petroleum products there is just as the predictions of climate change catastrophes grow more dire each and every day, and that is just not right for America's future.

H.R. 3 leaves Americans with all of the risk of spills, environmental damage, and air and water pollution, but none of the lasting rewards. It's a bad idea and it's bad policy, and I urge my colleagues to vote against it.


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