The controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project, which seeks to carry oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, passed through the Senate on Thursday. The Pipeline was green lighted by a vote of 63-to-36. The passing of the project sets up a likely fight with the White House.
It is expected that Obama will use his Presidential powers to veto the project. As White House press secretary Josh Earnest said:
“If this bill passes this Congress, the president wouldn’t sign it.”
Because the pipeline crosses international borders President Obama is in a very unique situation to have power over the project as it requires his approval to move forward.
Supporters of the pipeline claim that the project will create 40,000 new jobs, though critics say it will likely only create 35 permanent jobs. Moreover, the environmental impact of the project is still a bit of an unknown.
Environmentalists claim that the pipeline threatens to wreak environmental havoc across both sides of the border. Though, the U.S State Department officially reported that the pipeline would not have a significant impact on green house gas emissions.
With constituents divided over the pipeline, it is likely that no matter what President Obama decides to do there will be some unhappy people on at least one side of the aisle.
But it is not just about the pipeline, it’s also about the type of oil that will pass through it which is taken from tar sand. See the above animation video for more about that.