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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

No to Keystone Pipeline

President Obama, as promised to Congress on several inferences, has vetoed a bill blocking the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

In the president's veto message to Congress, the president writes, "I am returning herewith without my approval S. 1, the "Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act."  Through this bill, 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."

The Keystone XL pipeline has been a point of contention between Congress and the president for some time.   Congress, with glaring approval from the House speaker John Boehner, claims that building the pipeline would create hundreds of job.  He has called the presidential veto a "national embarrassment."

Said the speaker in a You Tube address, "It;s embarrassing when Russion and China are plowing ahead on two massive pipelines and we can't get this one no-brainer of a project off the ground."

It has also been said9 that building the pipeline would make America less dependent on foreign fuel. Meanwhile, the administration is taking into account the affect the pipeline may have on the environment and national security.

Writes the president:  "The Presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously.  But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people.  And 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."

Both the Senate and House passed the bill earlier this week in favor of the pipeline with a total of 270 votes.

If built, the pipeline would extend from the U.S.-Canadian border in Montana, through Cushing, Oklahoma, to oil refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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