To absolutely no one’s surprise, President Obama vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday in spite of the bipartisan congressional approval of the project.
“Sure didn’t take long …” was U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton’s response on Twitter.
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said the president’s decision was “incredibly disappointing,” and vowed to vote for a veto override.
“The President chose politics over practicality and liberal donors over American jobs. I’ll support a vote to override his veto, and I’ll continue to work on more bipartisan legislation that creates jobs and opportunity for all Americans. Hopefully when those bills get to the President’s desk, he’ll sign them,” Gardner said.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet also pledged to cast a veto vote. As Bennet is Hillary Clinton’s soon-to-be-named running mate, this doesn’t surprise us. After all, even Hillary’s State Department supported issuing the permit that Obama has delayed for six years. Bennet can’t oppose his running mate.
However, Brandon Rittman of 9News tweeted that Bennet told him “he’d like Keystone to be part of a broader plan to reduce carbon.”
Newsflash, Bennet: The State Department has already conducted five studies, and in a 2011 report found that the Keystone pipeline would have no significant effects on global warming. You might want to reach out to Hillary and review your talking points. Lucky for you, those comments didn’t end up in Rittman’s story and ruin your shot at the vice presidency.
We were somewhat surprised that the usual suspects in the Colorado delegation did not issue statements of support for their Democratic president’s decision. Perhaps their hesitancy had something to do with all those polls showing Americans and Coloradans support the pipeline and the 42,000 jobs it would create?