Nonsequitur: Why Veto the Keystone Pipeline?

February 24, 2015


In vetoing the bill by Congress approving the Keystone Pipeline project, President Obama claimed “… 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.”

The Keystone Pipeline project was proposed in 2008. Since then, it has gone through four extensive studies reviewed by the Department of State ; these found NO significant risk to the environment and minimal effect on greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, a recent study showed that pipelines are the safest way to transport oil and gas. Virtually no one denies the positive economic impact of the project for the US and Canadian economies.

After six years and multiple, extensive studies, I don’t think this act of Congress is cutting anything short. We know that the project is safe. We know it will create jobs. We know it decreases our reliance on foreign oil. We know it will strengthen our trade relationship with Canada. President Obama no doubt has his reasons for vetoing this bill, but it isn’t because of “our security, safety and environment.”


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