Despite the disapproval of President Barack Obama, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted in favor of letting the Keystone XL Pipeline project go ahead. The Keystone XL would pump oil from the Tar Sands in Canada’s north to refineries and ports on the U.S. Gulf Coast, and has been under review by the State Department for six years now – as those in favor tried to get it passed and those opposed work to keep the pipeline from happening.
On Friday, the now GOP-dominated House scored a 252 to 161 victory in favor of the controversial project, but President Obama made what is perhaps his strongest statement yet against the project just before the vote. “Understand what this project is: it is providing the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else. It doesn’t have an impact on U.S. gas prices,” President Obama said, according to Treehugger.
Reuters reports that the project is having a more difficult time in the democrat-controlled Senate, which will vote on the bill on Tuesday, and the president has indicated he might exercise his authority and veto the project. Treehugger reports that environmental groups are also calling on Obama to do just that. “President Obama has ample reason to veto this measure, saying no to the Keystone XL pipeline – not only now, but for all time,” said Danielle Droitsch, Canada Project Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council.