By Robert A. Vella

Yesterday, President Obama followed through on his earlier promise to veto the Keystone XL pipeline authorization bill recently passed by the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress.  However, his State Department still hasn’t decided whether or not to issue a construction permit to TransCanada – the company pushing to build the controversial project.  A final ruling by the Obama Administration is anticipated sometime soon, although that expectation has been voiced many times over the last few years.

Conventional wisdom would suggest that the State Department will inevitably reject the permit request, but there are no certainties in the world of politics.  Congressional Republicans do not appear to have sufficient votes necessary to override the President’s veto.

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