Republicans Cynical Plan to Force Work to Begin on the Keystone XL Pipeline

There's cynicism, and then there's Congress.

In the latest example of dysfunctional Congressional gridlock, the Democratic-led Senate is certain to reject a House of Representatives-passed Republican bill, House Resolution 3630, the 369-page ''Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011,'' to extend the payroll tax cut.

The sticking (sticky) point?

Oil - specifically, dirty Canadian oil derived from Alberta's oil sands, and the Keystone XL pipeline cutting across Middle America to deliver it to Gulf Coast refineries. On 10 November, four days after 12,000 pipeline protestors encircled the White House, President Obama announced "the decision on the (Keystone XL) pipeline permit would be delayed until at least 2013, pending further environmental review."
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