Following its passage in the Senate, the Keystone XL pipeline bill passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Feb. 11, by a 270-152 vote. President Barack Obama has stated on several occasions that he will veto the bill, according to the BBC.
Although the bill will likely be vetoed, many congressional members plan on attaching the pipeline legislation to other bills, according to The Guardian.
A large part of the Canadian pipeline has already been completed. The last stage of the pipeline, which could carry upwards of 800,000 barrels of oil a day, is still being debated.
Many Republicans support the pipeline because of the increased job production. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it “would help thousands of Americans find work,” and increase North American energy supply with only minimal environmental consequences, according to the BBC. Despite strong Republican support, there are still some environmental concerns. The National Resources Defense Council states the pipeline is vulnerable to leaks and would create notable carbon pollution. Additionally, it would only create 35 permanent jobs.
Dean Birch, assistant professor of political science at John Carroll University, said, “This is solely, in my mind, something that is being done to feather the nest of some corporation. This is being done to basically make money for people who are invested in the extraction of fossil fuels.”
Editor’s Note: Information from the BBC, The Guardian, The New York Times, TransCanada and The National Resources Defense Council was used in this report.