|President Barack Obama meets with John Podesta, Counselor to the President, in the Oval Office, Jan. 29, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)|
From Denny: President Obama's only veto in five years. He vetoed it citing America's national security. Actually, it was a clever political move to box in the Republicans. It's easy for them to be against any and all things environmental, even financial burdens on the taxpayers - but national security? Nope. Not in an election cycle when the Republicans are hoping to take back the White House. To go against a presidential decision about national security would be political suicide.
Besides, Americans have nothing to gain by giving a foreign country and their Big Oil easy profits but with no liabilities. If there would an accident or an act of terrorism it's the American people who would be on the hook financially, not to mention a very toxic clean-up as tar sands oil is exceedingly toxic unlike normal crude oil. Good move, Mr. President!
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
February 24, 2015
TO THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES:
I am returning herewith without my approval S. 1, the "Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act." Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest.
The Presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously. But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people. And 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.
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