Ken Winston, a lobbyist for the Nebraska Sierra Club, says there’s no doubt the bill will be killed by President Obama, if it reaches his desk.
“We’re optimistic the president will veto the legislation,” Winston says. “We have questions about whether it impedes his constitutional authority to conduct foreign policy and believe that it’s in his perview to veto it.”
Winston says the Senate measure is simply, in his words, “bad policy.”
“This is no energy policy,” Winston says. “Just building a pipeline indicates vacuum in the place where ideas should be. As far as benefitting the country, there are more renewable energy jobs that will be created in the state of Nebraska this year from wind farms than would be created by the entire Keystone pipeline.”
Winston adds, he’s never heard of a wind spill into an aquifer.
The bill passed the Senate with 62 votes, short of the 67 needed to make it veto-proof. The Senate bill varied slightly from the House version. If both chambers can agree on a final version, it will be sent on to the president, who has threatened a veto.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton