President Obama vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline, which made good on a threat he declared to reject a proposal that is opposed by environmentalists for contributing to climate change, threatening waterways, and bullying landowners.
“The presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously,” President Obama said in a veto message to the Senate, according to USA Today.
“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.”
It was only the third veto of his presidency, but it is likely to be the first in a series of more vetoes as he fights a Republican-controlled Congress in the last two years of his presidency.
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Thank you for the veto on behalf of Mother Earth and us the human family.
What’s worse for the environment? Keystone or hundreds of train cars hauling oil all over the country?
Well, I’m sure most environmentalists would say “neither,” and say we should make it difficult to ship by rail as well. Then we should push gas, hybrids, electrics, clean energy, etc…
Don’t disagree with that but we are decades away from reducing or eliminating our dependence on oil. Assuming we can ever actually get to that point. In the interim, I think I’d prefer a pipeline — seems to be a more stable, less risky option for delivering oil.