BOLD Nebraska’s energy director, Ben Gotschall, says the veto wasn’t a surprise, but it was welcome.
“The White House had indicated several times that they were going to veto the bill, the president’s remarks in the State of the Union and at other times backed that up,” Gotschall says. “It was not an unexpected move but we are thrilled none the less and we’re going to be celebrating today.”
Gotschall says they believe there were several reasons the president vetoed the bill, including the pipeline’s possible impacts on the climate, environmental concerns, and what he calls “misleading” jobs information.
“The jobs claims have been found to be overinflated and the impact on gas prices was also shown to be false,” Gotschall says. “We’ve seen a lowering of gas prices here recently in the past few months and it wasn’t because the pipeline was being built.”
Gotschall says he doesn’t think there are enough votes in Congress to override the veto and the $8-billion-dollar project may finally be at an end.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton