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  •  Wait--what about the Keystone XL end-around (0+ / 0-)

    that was in the bill?  Am I missing something--was that removed?  That was an extraordinarily bad rider that (a) would've made approval of the pipeline far more likely and (b) would have bolstered innumerable future attempts at gutting NEPA, which is one of the few effective tools left for saving our crumbling ecosystem.

    If the fast-tracking of Keystone XL was in there, I'm not as crushed about the failure of this legislation as I would have been--I still recall James Hansen saying the tar sands project would be "game over" for the climate.  The toll in human lives and suffering that will result from an unmitigated climate catastrophe will dwarf by several orders of magnitude the suffering that would result from a failure to extend the payroll tax cut.

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