Obama intends to quietly kill off Keystone XL bill, White House confirms

‘”I would not anticipate a lot of drama or fanfare,’ White House spokesperson says



WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is about to make good on his oft-stated threat to veto legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline, a spokesman announced Monday.

“I would anticipate that, as we’ve been saying for years, the president would veto that legislation,” Obama spokesman Josh Earnest told a press briefing.

“And he will.”

The Republican-controlled Congress passed the legislation earlier this month, and plans to send it to the president Tuesday. The president then has 10 days to send it back to Congress unsigned — which constitutes a veto.

Earnest said that’s exactly what the president will do. And he’ll do it quietly.

“I would not anticipate a lot of drama or fanfare.”

The announcement is a blow to the pipeline’s prospects, but not quite a fatal one. The big Keystone XL decision could come soon, in a separate regulatory process controlled by the president.

Obama has repeatedly said it’s not Congress’s role to approve or reject cross-border infrastructure. The White House says courts have consistently declared that the constitutional responsibility for that belongs to the president, and that the process was most recently spelled out in a 2004 executive order signed by George W. Bush.

The years-long, oft-delayed process is expected to wrap up soon, though the White House has not set a deadline date.

Members of Congress have also mused that if the president both vetoes the pipeline bill and rejects the project through the regulatory process, they’ll come back with another Keystone XL bill that attaches the pipeline to omnibus legislation that the president will be tempted to sign.

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Obama intends to quietly kill off Keystone XL bill, White House confirms

  1. “as we’ve been saying for years”

      • Pipelines are safer than rail, Obama will be long gone, as you will.

  2. The 600,000 barrel per day Flanagan South pipeline, operated by Enbridge, runs from Pontiac, Ill., to a key oil storage hub in Cushing, Okla.

    The Seaway pipeline, with a capacity of 850,000 barrels per day, funnels some of the crude from Flanagan South from Cushing to the Texas coast. Enbridge has a 50 per cent stake in Seaway, but it’s operated by partner Enterprise Products Partners.

  3. Enbridge is expanding the average annual capacity of Line 61 from 560,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 1.2 million bpd. Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership (“Enbridge”) is expanding in phases the average annual capacity of our Line 61 Pipeline to an ultimate 1.2 million barrel per day (bpd) design capacity. Line 61 is a 42-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline that spans from Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin, to our Flanagan Terminal near Pontiac, Illinois

  4. LOL I see SOMEbody is having a temper tantrum.

  5. From the soon to be extinct CBC;

    Lawmakers have already hinted at creative legislative strategies. One predicted that a pipeline clause would be added to a massive infrastructure bill — an issue on which the president is keen to make progress.

    Some members will only approve new infrastructure spending if it doesn’t drive up the deficit, so both parties are working on a solution: update the U.S. tax code, encourage companies to bring home profits currently sheltered overseas, have that cash pay for new roads and bridges in an infrastructure bill, and toss a certain Canadian oil pipeline into that legislative mix.

  6. BB is providing the drama and fanfare. LOL

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