Wisconsin

Baldwin Repeatedly Opposed Major Oil Pipeline

Policy

By Collin Roth

According to congressional voting records, Rep. Tammy Baldwin had at least six opportunities to vote on the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline in the past year and voted “no” in five of them. A sixth vote taken in the House Energy and Commerce committee finds Baldwin absent.

According to the TransCanada Corporation, the Keystone XL pipeline would have created somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000 jobs in the United States but the $7 billion project was blocked by President Obama in the Spring of 2012. If approved, the pipeline would have stretched from the Alberta to the Gulf Coast, creating jobs and providing the United States with a stable North American energy source.

Between June of 2011 and April of 2012, Rep. Baldwin sat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee where she had two extra opportunities to approve bills that would have allowed for a construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Rep. Baldwin’s votes on the pipeline bills are as follows:

  • House Energy and Commerce Committee vote on H.R. 1938- Rep. Baldwin voted NO on June 23, 2011. The bill passed 33-13.
  • House of Representatives vote on H.R. 1938- Rep. Baldwin voted NO on July 26, 2011. The bill passed 279-147.
  • House of Representatives vote on H.R. 3630- Rep. Baldwin voted NO on December 13, 2011. The bill passed 234-193.
  • House Energy and Commerce Committee vote on H.R. 3538- Rep. Baldwin was ABSENT on February 7, 2012. The bill passed 33-20.
  • House of Representatives vote on H.R. 3408- Rep. Baldwin voted NO on February 16, 2012. The bill passed 237-187.
  • House of Representatives vote on H.R. 4348- Rep. Baldwin voted NO on April 18, 2012. The bill passed 293-127.

Despite Rep. Baldwin’s strident opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, Baldwin maintains that she supports an “all hands on deck” approach to solving America’s energy issues. In a U.S. Senate debate on September 29, Rep. Baldwin underscored her belief in the importance of energy independence.

Certainly becoming energy independent of Mid-East oil is necessary for our economy as well as our national security. And so I think we have to have an all hands on deck approach to this.

But as Rep. Baldwin’s record on energy has been uncovered, her “all hands on deck” approach consists of sponsoring and supporting expensive Cap and Trade legislation and opposing domestic and North American oil production. Baldwin’s U.S. Senate campaign website doesn’t even have a section detailing her energy policies despite serving on the House Energy and Commerce Commitee. And as for Rep. Baldwin’s Congressional webpage, Rep. Baldwin’s energy policy appears to be predicated on her opposition to domestic oil drilling, her support of expensive Cap and Trade legislation, and government subsidized green energy projects.