House Demonstrates Support for a Presidential Veto of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
WASHINGTON (November 14, 2014) – The House vote today forcing approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline came with a silver lining: There are more than enough lawmakers to sustain a well-deserved presidential veto of the ill-considered legislation.
The following is a statement by Danielle Droitsch, Canada Project Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council:
“The House-passed bill is wrong for our country. It would short-circuit the deliberative approval process that President Obama has said should run its due course. And it turns Congress into a permitting agency; even worse, one waiving all environmental safeguards and legal challenges from the public.
“President Obama has ample reason to veto this measure, saying no to the Keystone XL pipeline—not only for now, but for all time. And today’s vote demonstrated there’s strong support for that veto. That’s because many know the pipeline would be a disaster for our climate and a danger to the land and water that sustains countless Americans.”