Let the great veto games begin. President Obama shot the first veto volley across Congress’ bow when he gave “thumbs down” to the Keystone XL pipeline bill.
The protector-in-chief overrode the desires of the House, Senate and the American people who in a recent Pew Research Center poll were 61 percent in favor of the pipeline. He’s intent on saving us from ourselves; continuing to portray himself as the smartest guy on the planet.
The Keystone pipeline expansion project was “shovel ready” and would have provided jobs and a safer and more expeditious way than by rail or truck to transport this rather messy commodity from Canada to U.S. refineries in the south.
Oil pipelines have been in existence in the U.S. since the first wooden pipeline, which was about 9 miles in length, was built in Pennsylvania in 1862. The United States now has the largest network of energy pipelines in the world, with more than 2.5 million miles of pipe.
The president’s veto comes for all the wrong reasons. He stated that he’s waiting on the regulatory and environmental reviews to be completed. This has been a tortoise-like 6 year effort thus far. Apparently it’s now hung-up on the “Kerry-go-round” over at the state department.
This whole fiasco is shaping up as a high-level failure of both leadership and management.
Strap in tight as more vetoes are sure to follow.