The Senate put one more nail in the Keystone XL Pipeline’s coffin yesterday when it failed to override President Obama’s veto of the project last week. With a two-thirds majority needed for the override to succeed, the Senate only managed to get 62 votes in favor of an override, with 37 votes going toward sustaining the veto.
Keystone’s death is not a done deal just yet, as Reuters reports that Republican Senator John Hoeven has indicated that pipeline supporters will try once again to force Obama to approve the project by attaching Keystone to another bill later this year.
A deep divide exists over the pipeline project that would carry about 830,000 barrels of day, mostly from Canada’s tar sands, to Nebraska where it would be distributed to gulf ports. Republicans support the project because they say it will create jobs, while Obama and the Democrats question its job creation potential and say it could have significant negative effects on climate change.
When Republicans took over the senate last year, they said the Keystone approval would be the first bill they sent Obama. While both Congress and Senate approved the bill, Obama used one of the few vetoes to date in his presidency to put a halt to the bill, just as he said he would.
“Because 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,” Obama said upon signing the veto last week.
A key argument against the pipeline comes from an impact study by the EPA that shows approval of the Keystone XL project will mean an additional 1.37 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions.