Greens fundraise on Keystone vote failure

Environmental groups are using the failure of the bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline as an opportunity to solicit donations.

Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune asked supporters to “Make an emergency gift to the Sierra Club right now” hours after the bill failed by one vote to get the 60 votes to prevent a filibuster in the Senate.

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“We’ve worked so hard to stop the pipeline for a long time now,” Brune wrote, according to Bloomberg News. “But we have to keep fighting.”

NextGen Climate, founded by billionaire activist Tom Steyer, declared “YOU DID IT” in an email to supporters, asking them to donate to help the group continue with similar fights.

Greens celebrated the vote as a major win, though Republicans have promised to bring up the pipeline’s approval in the Senate shortly after they take majority control of the chamber in January.

They believe they have well over 60 votes for the pipeline, which would present a whole new challenge to environmentalists.

Sen. Mary Landirue (D-La.) a sponsor of the bill who is facing a Dec. 6 runoff election to retain her seat against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), also used the vote to solicit funds for her campaign, Bloomberg said.