President Obama told governors during the National Governors Association meeting in Washington on Monday that he would make a final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline “in a couple of months,” according to White House reporters.
Gov. Fallin (R-Okla) says POTUS indicated he'd make final Keystone decision in a matter of months— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) February 24, 2014
Governors report Pres Obama said he anticipates a decision on whether to build the Keystone Pipeline "in a couple of months."— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) February 24, 2014
Obama tells governors during closed-door meeting today he plans to make Keystone decision in next couple of months, @ABC has learned.— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) February 24, 2014
Obama's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline could be the deciding factor in whether Democrats hold on to the Senate, as six Democratic senators up for re-election voted previously to approve the pipeline.
Should Obama decide against the pipeline, it would be a boon for environmentalist groups that have opposed the pipeline for ideological reasons. But disallowing the pipeline to be built would mean saying no to American jobs and oil from America's ally, Canada.