Today, the Nebraska Supreme Court took away the last legal hurdle President Obama was hiding behind to avoid approving the bipartisan Keystone XL pipeline.
The Court ruled that Nebraska’s governor has the authority to approve the pipeline in his state—something the former governor has already done.
The Administration has repeatedly delayed making a decision on Keystone pending the Nebraska decision:
- The President’s Administration has threatened to veto H.R. 3, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, because of “uncertainty due to ongoing litigation in Nebraska.” (White House Statement of Administration Policy, Executive Office of the President, 1/7/15)
- “There’s a pending case before a Nebraska judge about some of the citing. The process is moving forward. And I’m just going to gather up the facts.” (Remarks by the President in a Press Conference, 11/5/14)
- “And the President has been very clear that there is an established—a firmly established precedent for dealing with these kinds of issues, and that’s a process that we’re committed to. That’s a process that currently is winding its ways through the State Department and one that, right now, is at least going to be influenced by the decision from a Nebraska judge about the proper route for that pipeline through that state.” (Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 11/6/14)
- “The Keystone process is run out of the State Department, in keeping with past practice by administrations of both parties going back many decades—or much time. As I understand it—and for details you need to go to the State Department—the issue here has to do with a court decision in Nebraska and its impact on the ability for the state process to continue, for agencies to be able to comment. And absent a definite route through Nebraska, the decision, as I understand, by State is that that can’t continue until the situation in Nebraska is resolved.” (Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 4/21/14)
The President said he was waiting to approve Keystone because of environmental considerations. His own State Department said the pipeline would not harm the environment. The President was doubtful that Keystone would create many jobs. His own State Department said it would support approximately 42,100 jobs. The President said he had to wait for a court ruling in Nebraska. The court has ruled, and the pipeline is good to go.
There are no more excuses. The House is voting today to again approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The only thing that can stop the Keystone pipeline now is the President.