In the words of the one and only Stevie Wonder, Keystone XL has been “sign, sealed, delivered” to the White House. President Obama will now have 10 days in which to reconsider his threat to veto the bill.
Some quick background on the project:
- The application to build the Keystone XL pipeline was first submitted on September 19, 2008 – 2,349 days ago.
- The President’s own State Department estimated that construction of the project would support approximately 42,000 jobs.
- According to the Department of Energy, Keystone XL would be able to move up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day. This represents about half the amount the U.S. imports from the Middle East.
- Since 2010, the House has passed 11 bills to start construction of the project; on February 11th of this month, the House passed S.1, the Keystone XL Approval Act, sending the bill to the President’s desk.
- A recent CBS poll found 6 in 10 Americans support construction of the project.
As Stevie said, “You’ve got the future in your hand,” Mr. President. Do the right thing. Sign the bill.