Obama Says He Will Veto Bill Authorizing Keystone Pipeline

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A couple of weeks ago President Obama made a big show out of giving his blessing to the building of the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline project, a move meant to demonstrate that he’s not nearly the obstructionist to traditional energy production that Republicans say he is. But here’s the thing: That portion of the Keystone project, which lays entirely within the United States, didn’t need his blessing.

The part that needs the President to sign off (or, at least, needs legislation from Congress) is the part that crosses our international border with Canada. And today President Obama announced, in saying he’d veto legislation authorizing that portion of the project, that he’s going to continue his obstructionism.

(Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday said Obama would veto legislation before the U.S. House of Representatives that sought to force approval of the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline as part of a new 90-day extension of federal transportation funding.

President Barack Obama earlier this year put a hold on TransCanada’s $7 billion project, designed to bring crude oil from Canada and North Dakota to Texas refineries, because he said it needed further environmental review in Nebraska.

The House is set to vote on the transportation bill, which contains the Keystone authorization, later this week but clearly with the President already threatening a veto it would pretty much be DOA in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

But you really have to ask, why is the southern part of the pipeline ok to build but not the northern part? The Obama administration’s stated objections to the Keystone project are that it hasn’t gone through enough scrutiny to be considered safe to build yet. Has the southern part of the pipeline gone through a greater degree of scrutiny? Is building the northern portion of the pipeline somehow more dangerous?

Or is Obama just catering to a far-left, environmentalist base that hates the so-called “tar sands” oil from Alberta? Which would mean that his objection has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with politics.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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