Photo of Obama Moments After Keystone Veto

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Talk about a slap in the face to Montanans…


President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation approving the long-debated Keystone XL pipeline will test the question of whether the White House and Republican lawmakers can undertake battles on some issues and still push forward on shared interests.  The move prompted immediate criticism from Republicans, who have described the pipeline as a jobs and infrastructure measure. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate plans to hold a vote to override the veto by next Tuesday, although neither the Senate nor the House appears to have the requisite two-thirds of votes for an override.

Politico’s Morning Energy: BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE

Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL bill leaves the project’s supporters bracing for his next move: deciding the fate of the $8 billion pipeline itself. Even if that answer is another no – as more Keystone backers are expecting – all of them vow that the heavy-oil pipeline will survive any attempt by Obama to kill it. The American Petroleum Institute plans to keep pressing for potential Democratic votes to get the Keystone bill past the two-thirds majority needed for an override Obama. And a small pool of Democrats who might be persuadable on the pipeline could change if Obama rejects the project soon. Elana serves up more:

KEYSTONE BILL ‘EARNED MY VETO’: Obama’s rebuke of the bill wasn’t grounded in any potential climate impacts or the 35-permanent-jobs number expected of the project but rather the usurpation of established process and an infringement on the executive branch: “Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest.” He added: “[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.” Either way, it basically reads “bite me.”


John Reddy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 10:20 AM

The height of arrogance!

Aaron Flint

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:34 AM

Ed in Clancy, MT wanted me to post this comment on his behalf:

Keystone pipeline. I drive the highline
almost weekly and the number of trains carrying
oil has grown dramatically in the last few years.
The trains are heading west toward Glacier Park.
these trains are slowing Amtrak and
are tying up other trains. Three points should
be made about the pipeline:
1. The oil will go whether we build the
Keystone Pipeline or not.
2. Oil traveling by trains is much more costly and hazardous.
3. Much of the pipeline capacity will come from The Bakken.
The economic impact is minor compared to these items.

Mel in Whitehall

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 3:21 PM

Let’s build our own “railroad”… lay track right across the border with Canada – that’ all…maybe 1/2 mile, eh?..
Ship in some oil tanker cars, maybe 3… cross manifold those 3 cars with some “multiple” 12″ dia flex lines/swings.

Hook up a PIPELINE on each end…pressure test for 200% of intended operating pressure and instrument this “link rail” very tightly for automatic shutdown if needed. Perhaps install some large stock tanks, maybe 100k bbls, on each side – for diversion as needed.

Presto…no Obama lip service!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 9:57 PM

Zero surprise.
The democrat/socialists get far too much money from the squirrel-molesting tree-worshipers to ever let the economics and the livelihoods of mere fly-over peons worry them.

Welcome to 1700’s France.
….or is it 1930’s Germany?

Al Smith – Great Falls

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 10:21 PM

Not only a slap in the face to Montana, but to all America!

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