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Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline

President Obama yesterday vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline bill, as promised.

Despite the president’s veto, TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said in a statement the company was “fully committed” to the planned 1,179-mile oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and would work with the State Department to answer any questions it has about the project, Reuters reports.

The US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would attempt to override the veto by March 3. Despite the Republican majority, however, they are unlikely to have enough votes to overturn Obama’s veto.

The House of Representatives approved the bill earlier this month. It cleared the Senate in January.



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2 thoughts on “Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline

  1. Obama’s veto will not stop the oil flowing across the US. Railroads will transport the oil at higher environmental and safety risks to the public. His veto will also hurt the job economy. He didn’t do us any favors with his veto!

  2. President Obama’s veto is potentially a huge favor for us! Tar sands oil is even more damaging to the climate than is conventional oil – which is already bad enough in it’s own right. I fully support his veto (which was more about the attempt by congress to circumvent his approval authority than it was about the pipeline itself).

    I say “potentially” because he could still wind up aproving the pipeline, though I hope he does not and early signals are that he will not.

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