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February 25, 2015

Congress to Attempt to Override Keystone Veto

Yesterday, Barack Obama whipped out his Cross Townsend roller-ball pen and vetoed authorization of the Keystone XL pipeline. In his veto message, Obama wrote, “[B]ecause 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.” Obama vetoed Keystone for all the wrong reasons. First, he’s arguing that Congress is infringing on the power of the executive branch – ironic, considering Obama’s recent politicking over immigration. Second, this veto is the pet crusade of ecofascists. It’s clear Obama bent his ear to their lobbying efforts. Finally, a Keystone veto only means less security, as oil is shipped by rail to meet the demand. Freight trains derail. Oil gets spilled and boom: Environmental disaster. Now the bill is back in Congress, where Republican leadership will need to court Democrats to override Obama’s veto. Already, four Democrat senators promised to vote with Republicans.

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