President Vetoes Keystone XL Bill as Promised

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would bring 830,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada to the US has been vetoed by President Obama after the Republican led Congress approved the initial Bill, Reuters reports. President Obama had promised to veto any Bill looking to approve the controversial pipeline after he received a large amount of support from those opposed to the pipeline during his reelection campaign. The veto leaves the pipeline in a state of limbo it has been in since the TransCanada Corp announced the expansion to the pipeline six years ago.

Much of the controversy surrounding the pipeline is linked to the problem of increased carbon emissions that would affect North America and the World as a whole when the crude oil was drilled. Republicans had looked top circumvent the traditional process of inspecting and investigating the effects of the pipeline on the US by introducing the Bill to Congress. Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG says that republican leaders have restated their vow to try and overthrow the veto in coming weeks, but this looks unlikely to happen as they do not have the numbers in Congress to do so. A further option Republicans are looking into is including the approval for the Keystone XL pipeline in a spending bill that the President could find hard to veto amid fears of another government shutdown.

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