Bellows Responds To Opening of Keystone XL Pipeline

Wednesday, January 22, 2014Press Release

Today, TransCanada began pumping crude oil through the southern leg of the contentious Keystone XL Pipeline, which runs through many environmentally sensitive areas across several states.

In response, Maine’s Democratic US Senate candidate Shenna Bellows issued the following statement: 

"The transport of the dirtiest oil on the planet – tar sands oil – through the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline threatens farms and drinking water, and it will accelerate climate change," said Bellows.  "Yet again, big oil interests in Washington beat out the interests of ordinary Americans.  It’s disappointing that Congress, including my opponent Susan Collins, voted to allow the Keystone XL Pipeline project to move forward over the objections of hundreds of thousands of Americans.  We need change in Washington to confront climate change before it’s too late. 

"Our future depends upon a new approach to the politics of energy and environment," said Bellows.  "We could reduce the demand for oil and create more good jobs by stronger federal investment in conservation and greener energy like wind and solar energy."

Bellows is challenging incumbent Republican Senator Susan Collins, who twice voted in favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline. [1] [2]  Opponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline claim that it will ultimately raise carbon emissions and lock the United States into further long-term dependence on fossil fuels instead of investing in renewable and environmentally friendly energy.