Washington, DC – Michael Whatley, executive vice president of Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), a supporter of building the Keystone XL Pipeline, released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate failed to garner enough votes to override President Obama’s veto on S. 1, legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline:
“Consumer Energy Alliance has been deeply disappointed with the unreasonable and unjustifiable delays in approving the Keystone XL Pipeline. While we are pleased to again see a bipartisan majority of Senators supporting the project, unfortunately it was not sufficient to override the president’s veto.
“With 63 Senators on record supporting the project – a strong bipartisan majority that similarly reflects the support of the American people – CEA and our members remain frustrated at the extensive delays that have prevented the construction of this critical project, which will directly support the livelihood of 42,000 Americans and broader economic opportunities for millions more.
“Today’s vote, however, does not signal the end of Keystone XL. President Obama must now focus on finalizing the existing National Interest Determination and permitting Keystone XL. The State Department has taken six long years to review the proposed pipeline and produced five different evaluations of the project, all of which show that the project is in our nation’s best interest – for our energy security, our safety and our environment.”
CEA and its consumer advocates have long supported the Keystone XL pipeline, sending more than 1.5 million letters to the State Department, the White House and Congress since 2010. In 2014, CEA polling concluded that majorities of voters in nine states also strongly supported the project. For more information on the Keystone XL project and CEA’s support for this critical infrastructure, please visit BuildKXLNow.org.