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Obama Set to Veto Keystone Bill

As predicted, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The ongoing saga has sparked years of debate about whether the oil pipeline is a job-inducing, economy-boosting machine, or a major source of pollution that will probably only secure about a dozen long-term positions. (I have a secret; it’s the latter.) Either way, just hearing the word “keystone” provokes intense emotions both in support and opposition of the project. However, even though the bill has passed, it looks like those opposed to the pipeline will be the ones doing the victory lap.

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White House representatives have already repeatedly stated that President Obama will veto the bill if it passes, making the 270-152 vote completely pointless. Because the company building the pipeline is Canadian (TransCanada), and the project would cross international borders, the State Department has the final say on whether it’s in the best interest of the country. Given that profits would go to another country while the U.S. hosts the pollution time bomb, it’s safe to say the pipeline is not in America’s best interest. Thus Obama will throw out a neato veto (his third ever) and shut down that killer Keystone!

Obviously, some are not so happy with the imminent veto. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said, “We build pipelines all around America every single day. Keystone has been reviewed and approved numerous times… Instead of listening to the people, the president is standing with a bunch of left, fringe extremists and anarchists.” Oh Boehner, you’re too kind!

Unfortunately for those upset, neither the House nor Senate have enough votes to override the presidential veto. But luckily for everyone living in North America, we will have one less oil pipeline threatening our environment and health. I’d say that’s one victorious veto!

 

 

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  • whatgop

    Here is why republicans voted for Keystone, $45,000.00 buys a lot of support.

    “The oil and gas industry, which stands to benefit from the creation of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, gave about $45,000 on average to the 270 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted in favor of the controversial project, according to an analysis by MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that focuses on the influence of money on politics.”

    • Mike Weaver

      As do Democrats, gladly accepting donations from hedge fund managers who want to push certain policies. Until, of course, they get caught.

      http://freebeacon.com/issues/tom-steyers-deep-ties-to-oregon-corruption-scandal/

      • Helen Malloy

        So it’s a good thing that it is being veto’d then, isn’t it?

        • Emily Neimanis

          Hi Helen, yes I do believe the veto is a good thing. The Keystone pipeline will hardly provide any full time jobs after installation is complete. Plus, profits will go to TransCanada, not American industries, AND the pipeline is for exporting oil to other countries. So, it’s not replenishing the U.S. economy or oil supply. On top of that, it leaves a lot of potential for pollution.

      • whatgop

        Yes they all take money for policy and in most cases it for US companies but in this case its for a foreign oil company. Why would republicans worry about a foreign oil company?
        In most cases it difficult to prove that the money provides results, in this case its provable. In this case everyone that voted for Keystone received $45,000.00, the people who did not vote for it did not get $45,000.00, I don’t know about you but to me thats correlation.

        • Emily Neimanis

          You bring up a good point whatgop! I’d say in this case it’s for the GOP’s ego…