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Broadening the transfer of energy and power resources across North American borders could yield big benefits for the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Senate champions of Keystone XL failed to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that would authorize the pipeline on Wednesday.
The singers, filmmakers and actors — including “Revenge” star Emily VanCamp and Dawn Oliveri of “House of Lies” — lay out arguments against the pipeline in a new video.
The fight over the $8 billion project is far from over, with Republicans vowing to try again to force construction and a White House spokesman stressing that Obama’s veto does not foreclose an eventual permit for TransCanada’s proposed border-crossing pipeline.
President Barack Obama has questioned the merits of the pipeline, suggesting last year that the crude carried through it would go “everywhere else” but the U.S.
But unlike the Keystone XL project that has been ensnared in controversy, the proposed Upland pipeline would transport oil away from the United States — as much as 70,000 barrels a day of North Dakota crude that now moves by rail to refineries in East Canada.
Keystone’s backers on Capitol Hill do not have enough House and Senate votes to override President Barack Obama’s threatened veto.
Midstream energy companies seeking to build pipelines will want more “clarity” about the regulatory process before they plunk down capital for the projects, TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said.
Regulators trying to judge the carbon footprint of the Canadian crude that would flow through the Keystone XL pipeline should compare it to heavy oils from Mexico, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, said the Calgary-based company seeking to build the project.
Keystone XL advocates do not have enough support in the House or Senate to override a presidential veto — and it’s unclear whether they will even try in both chambers.