Upcoming Senate hearing on Keystone XL National Interest Determination


capitol_domeAt a hearing March 13 on “Keystone XL and the National Interest Determination,” the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hear testimony from James Hansen, Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Gen. (Ret.) James Jones, former Obama national security adviser and now a paid advisor to the American Petroleum Institute.

The hearing is scheduled to convene at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, in 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. It will be webcast on the Committee website. Witness panel as of March 11:

The Honorable Karen Alderman Harbert
President and CEO Institute for 21st Century Energy
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC
Dr. James Hansen 
Director of the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions Adjunct Professor
Columbia University Earth Institute
New York, NY
Mr. Michael Brune
Executive Director
Sierra Club
San Francisco, CA
General, USMC, (Ret.) James L. Jones
Jones Group International
Washington, DC


The Committee is chaired by Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and includes, among others, Democratic Senators Barbara Boxer (CA) and Ed Markey (MA), and Republican Senators Bob Corker (TN)(Ranking Member), Marco Rubio (FL), John McCain (AZ), and Rand Paul (KY). We’ll see who shows up. Should be interesting.

Hansen and Brune should make a formidable combination on the anti-pipeline side.

It should be noted that Gen. Jim Jones, USMC (Ret.), who earlier served as Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and then National Security Adviser to President Obama in 2009-2010, now has his own consulting firm and apparently is currently a paid advisor (lobbyist?) to the American Petroleum Institute and the Chamber of Commerce. So you can expect predictable energy policy pro-pipeline talking points from him at the hearing, filtered through his prestigious military career.

(Thanks to Media Matters for AmericaBuzzFeed, and Nick Sundt.)

Earlier posts:

Comment to State Department on Keystone XL pipeline “National Interest Determination”

Keystone is about more than one pipeline

On Keystone XL, John Kerry, and the global interest

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2 Responses to Upcoming Senate hearing on Keystone XL National Interest Determination

  1. carolyn shaw says:

    Who will sell their soul for dollars for further disastrous climate change?

  2. Mary G. Maher says:

    If British Columbia can stop the Tar Sands from passing through there on the way to China from Alberta…can’t the Whole United States of America do the same? Why can’t they build a refinery there in Alberta?? There are your jobs. The oil should stay on this continent. No one is thanking Canada for this. A big Black mark will in the eyes of your borders be forever darkened by these POOR decisions. Shame on you all who think this is acceptable!!

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