The long-stalled and controversial Keystone XL pipeline may be another “winner” in the recent mid-term election results.
True, there are still obstacles in the project’s path. This recent CBC article details 5 potential hurdles: public opposition, the project’s price tag, falling oil prices, a Nebraska court challenge and a possible Presidential veto.
But the vote counters say the electoral shift means the project has attained filibuster-proof support in the U.S. Senate. President Obama could be forced to approve the XL pipeline, should it be bundled with “must-pass” legislation. Or he could simply decide the tide has turned and that’s no longer a political battle worth winning, a possibility he is said to be considering.
Here’s a highly unscientific assessment of what’s coming. On Nov 4, the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart chatted with Reince Priebus, head of the Republican National Committee. In just a few short minutes, Priebus specifically mentioned the XL pipeline — not once but twice — as something that his party wants to get done. Soon.
Indeed, according to media reports, Priebus has stated:
“We will pass a budget in both chambers, number one,” Priebus said. “And we will pass the Keystone pipeline, number two. And I actually think the president will sign the bill on the Keystone pipeline.”
With strong support in Canada’s current government and stronger legislative backing in the U.S. Congress, opponents may be left with falling oil prices or the courts as their best hope for stopping XL.