President Obama said that he will veto the GOPs efforts to push through the Keystone XL. He sees that the GOP is gunning for him and his climate agenda. Rather than backing down he is standing up to Big Oil and their Republican minions.
By standing up to Republican threats Obama is showing that he is a man of integrity and a true champion of the environment. The move is consistent with the President’s promise that he will only allow the pipeline to be built if it, “doesn’t increase climate change.”
The Keystone XL is among a list of targets that the GOP have identified as low hanging fruit. The fact that Obama has indicated that he will veto any Congressional legislation forcing approval of the Keystone XL pipeline is a bold move.
The President’s position is particularly noteworthy in light of the fact that even before the midterms, there were 57 Senators that supported the Keystone XL all of whom remain in the Senate.
In the new year there will an influx of Republicans that are even more strident supporters of fossil fuels including the notorious tar sands pipeline. This will mean that there will be a filibuster-proof 60 Keystone supporters.
Besides court action, only a Presidential veto can keep the pipeline from being built.
In response 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:
“It’s good to see the White House drawing a line in the sand on Keystone, and standing up for our climate. President Obama is right to veto politically-driven legislation that undermines the State Department’s independent review process, and increases our reliance on fossil fuels. We’ll continue to support President Obama to stand up to Big Oil and reject Keystone XL once and for all.”
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