Obama veto controversial oil pipeline

Obama veto controversial oil pipeline
President Barack Obama has vetoed the construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

The pipeline is intended to carry 800,000 barrels of oil a day from the oil sands areas of Canada.

Republicans in Congress earlier in the month gave the green light to construction, but Obama as expected used the veto.

Republicans, who have a majority in both the Senate and House of Representatives, says Keystone XL pipeline will help create much-needed jobs in the United States.

Obama believes the pipeline can only be completed if it can be proved that it will not contribute to increasing greenhouse gases.

The project requires approval from the president because it crosses an international border, and Obama announced early on that he would veto.

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