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Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline

February 24, 2015

By David Cullen

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Obama has vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, which Congressional Republicans had sent to the White House earlier today. The measure would have funded the construction of the controversial pipeline designed to transport heavy crude oil from Hardisty, Alberta, to refineries in Port Arthur, Texas.

Only the third veto issued by Obama, the action was taken quietly by way of a message sent to the U.S. Senate.

"Through this bill,” Obama wrote, “the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest... because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest – including our security, safety, and environment – it has earned my veto.”

However, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said earlier today that he “did not rule out Obama eventually approving the pipeline,” according to The Washington Post. Earnest amplified that remark by saying that the Dept. of State is “still conducting a review of whether the massive pipeline… would serve the national interest.”


  1. 1. Tim [ February 25, 2015 @ 05:06AM ]

    R Swain you are an idiot. US Politicians using eminent domain to take land away from Amer. farmers so a foreign Country can build a pipe line thru America. How true the statement 'Guns n Bible is all we have left"

  2. 2. C T [ February 25, 2015 @ 05:35AM ]

    The Emperor has again trod upon the will of the American people. Even Bill Clinton told him it was a "no brainer" and to just build the [email protected]*% thing. He talks about Congress trying to "circumvent" him and the processes. I'm sorry, isn't that what he has done since day one?!?!?!?!?!

  3. 3. KGrover [ February 25, 2015 @ 05:40AM ]

    How many years does it take to determine the "environmental " effect when we already have thousands of miles of pipelines traversing our country. This has been evaluated for 6 years now, come on! Reduce our dependents on oil that comes from terror sponsoring countries. It is also comical to hear him preach "established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration " in light of prisoner swaps and immigration actions. What a joker!!

  4. 4. Allen [ February 25, 2015 @ 06:24AM ]

    Tim, do you ever drive on any highway? How much of that was provide by eminent domain? Of course, politician abuse any and every thing they can. Biggest abuser, Obama.
    The government is so good and wasteful at all they do, so let give them health care (oh wait, they that) and the Internet.

  5. 5. Tim [ February 25, 2015 @ 07:32AM ]

    Allen, many ppl like R Swain aren't educated on the issues they just repeat talking points or spew hate. The Canadian oil will be sold on the world market. How will that benefit Americians or reduce our dependancy on Middle Eastern oil? If world supply increases because of Canadian oil OPEC will simply reduce supply. P.s. I guess property rights doesn't matter any more.

  6. 6. Tim C [ March 03, 2015 @ 08:49AM ]

    This veto had nothing to do with Obama's claim that "it cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest – including our security, safety, and environment...". It is and only is about the fact that Warren Buffett ,a huge contributor to both of Obama's elections, profits by shipping the oil in the tank cars of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Rail Road and would loose money if the pipeline was built.


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