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U.S. Senate Candidate Slams Keystone Pipeline

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The soon to be vacated seat of Montana U.S. Senator, Max Baucus, is becoming hotly contested. Democratic candidate, Dirk Adams spoke at a press conference at the Crowne Plaza overlooking the Phillips 66 oil refinery. Adams outlined his reasons for opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Adams has been somewhat of a dark horse in the U.S. Senate race. During Wednesday's press conference, he specifically called out TransCanada, the builders of the pipeline, as well as oil companies.

"I've concluded that the XL pipeline makes no sense for Montana," said Adams at the very beginning of the press conference.

He was adamant that the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline wouldn't create as many jobs as promised, isn't fair to Montana communities, and threatens natural resources.

"In deciding how to come out on the pipeline, I started by listening in eastern Montana to folks at their kitchen table and at conference tables, about what life was like."

Adams also says he is concerned about the major environmental impact that he says will affect Montana.

"There are serious environmental risks with this pipeline proposal. And the tar sands projects, generally, create a huge carbon footprint."

But Representative, Steve Daines says, "Pipelines are one of the most environmentally safe ways to transport oil. It reduces the burden on our infrastructure in Montana, it's the best way to transport oil."

KULR-8's Kyle Benton asked Adams if he has an alternative plan to the Keystone pipeline that would create jobs.

"In January, I'm going to be making a big announcement about projects that I think do build permanent opportunities for Montanan's, without the environmental risk," said Adams.

He would not give anymore details about those projects, but Representative, Steve Daines says there are few alternatives.

"The right decision is to approve construction of the pipeline. And the reason for that is, we need to continue to move towards North American energy independence and reduce our dependency on the Middle East as it relates to oil."

Adams has been a rancher in Montana for 30 years and has previously served as the chairman and CEO of Home Savings of America, which was eventually closed by FDIC due to accumulation of bad debt.

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