The U.S. Senate passed a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline Thursday. Rhode Island’s junior Senator Sheldon Whitehouse voted against the bill.
A vocal critic from the start, Whitehouse released a sharp statement following the bill’s passage. He calls the $8 billion dollar project a “disaster” for health and the environment. The Keystone project would construct a nearly 12-hundred mile pipeline to carry mainly oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
Whitehouse says the project would encourage dependence of fossil fuels, which exacerbate climate change.