The Obama Administration and the new Republican-controlled Congress are set for another political showdown over the Keystone XL pipeline. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the new Senate majority leader, has promised to make approving the controversial pipeline the first order of business for the new Congress. The Senate could vote on the project as early as Friday, January 9th and the House is expected to take up the bill next week.
Meanwhile, the White House officially threatened a presidential veto should the bill be sent to his desk. For almost four years the Keystone pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada’s tar sands to refineries in Texas and Louisiana, has been a symbolic flashpoint between Democrats and Republicans. While many experts see the pipeline’s potential impact on the environment or U.S. energy prices as relatively small, the political stakes have become enormous.
Join TheEnergyCollective.com and our panel of experts for this live webinar on the political, economic, and environmental consequences of the latest Keystone showdown.