A new development since Keystone (1/2):
Despite the promise of a veto from President Obama, House Republicans approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline Friday with the help of 28 Democrats.
The vote came just hours after the Nebraska Supreme Court delivered a blow to the White House and pipeline opponents by dismissing a challenge to its construction. The pipeline has been in limbo for the past six years and has become a political football in campaigns and on Capitol Hill.
The Senate is expected to take up Keystone legislation on Monday, and several moderate Democrats have already signed on, almost ensuring passage. But the president will reject the bill, arguing to let the process play out at the State Department.
The House bill passed, 266-153, but fell short of the number required to override a presidential veto, with 10 members not voting. So far, the Senate also appears short of the votes needed to move past the president.
Say, the federal powers-that-be finally okay the project, is there any chance that it will be stopped by parties inside Nebraska? The political complexity of the project must be enormous. There is already a Keystone pipeline running through Nebraska? I never heard complaints about it. In terms of acceptance, what is it the old pipeline has that the new one is lacking?