Keystone Pipeline

Issues in America today

What is it?

The Keystone Pipeline is an oil pipeline system that could theoretically transport oil from Alberta Canada all the way down to the Texas refineries. So far the pipeline has been completed through phase 1, 2, 3a and 3b is proposed for 2015. The first two phases have the capacity to deliver up to 590,000 barrels per day. However many say this project can have very harmful impacts on the environment and has caused quite a debate.

Senate vs Obama

Obama has decided to veto the Keytsone pipeline bill for 2015 it was then that the Senate held a vote to undo this vote. However, they were unable to reach a 2/3 vote which is required to undo the veto.

Checks and Balances

~limits imposed on all branches of a government by vesting in each branch the right to amend or void those acts of another that fall within its purview.

~Instead of Obama's veto being final that the Keystone Project should be stopped, it was voted on by the senate. This is an example of Checks and Balances among the Government.

How is the Constitution being used?

Under the Articles it states the President has the power to veto bills but if the senate deems it necessary to overturn this they must have 2/3 of the Representatives to vote on overturning the veto.