The U.S. House of Representatives, led by the Republicans, has approved the Keystone XL pipeline.
While the Keystone XL pipeline had success in the House of Representatives it did not have as much support in the Senate and has left President Barack Obama suggesting that he may use his veto to move the bill through Congress.
This is the ninth time that the House of Representatives has passed the bill for the Keystone XL pipeline and it had been hoped that it would finally progress through the Senate as well this time, however it failed yet again.
The Keystone XL Pipeline would facilitate the transport of oil from the oil sands in Canada through to the US Gulf but has been difficult to finalise because the project crosses across international borders.
Controversy lies around the bill to approve the project because on one side supporters say that it will create thousands of jobs, while on the other side environmentalists claim the project will increase carbon emissions which are linked to climate change. This had made the project a hot political topic that is proving difficult to solve.
The situation surrounding the Keystone XL Pipeline has been made more difficult because of the opposition it has faced in the Congress and if it did finally pass through then it would be up to President Obama if he wanted to use his veto power.
There has been no indication from the White House as to if the President will use his veto power but it is something that he has threatened to do in the past.
The push forward on the Keystone XL pipeline issue comes after heavy defeats for Obama’s Democratic Party during the midterm elections which were held on November 4.
The bill is being co-sponsored in the Senate by the Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu, the head of her chamber’s energy committee, with Republican John Hoeven of North Dakota joining her.
The bill’s sponsor in the House was Republican Representative Bill Cassidy from Louisiana.
It is thought that the prospects for Keystone approval by Congress will hugely improve in January when the Senate switches to Republican control following the election results.
Obama has said that he has been pushing back against the idea Keystone is a “massive jobs bill” and he has also rejected the idea that the bill would reduce gas prices.
Speaking in Myanmar he said: “Send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else. That doesn’t have an impact on U.S. gas prices”