“All I want to say is, the fight’s not over,” Speaker Boehner said in a video message shortly after the president’s veto of the Keystone XL jobs bill.  Given the overwhelming grassroots support for the project, it’s no surprise that the president’s veto has already drawn a swift rebuke from editorial boards around the country:

  • Override Keystone pipeline veto: Our view. … The administration has been evaluating Keystone for more than six years. There's just no plausible excuse for the epic delay… It is long past time to just say yes.” (USA TODAY)
  • President kills jobs with his pen.  … Siding with global warming activists, by vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline, the president signed away up to 42,000 good jobs and obstructed progress toward North American oil independence.” (Colorado Springs Gazette)
  • Veto: Wrong response on pipeline. … The president is making a mistake because he continues to dither about an issue that his administration should have decided years ago.  That White House officials haven't shows both how paralyzed they are by single-minded environmentalist pressure, and how loath they are to do the right thing when it runs afoul of political alliances.”  (The Virginian-Pilot)
  • President Veto. … The legislation to build the Keystone XL pipeline that Mr. Obama rejected Tuesday enjoys a broad bipartisan consensus, including support from nine Senate Democrats and 28 in the House. Business, labor unions, most consumers, and ally and trading partner Canada are also in favor of this $8 billion infrastructure project, which will create jobs, strengthen North American energy security and increase prosperity.  Mr. Obama is refusing these benefits to bow to the environmental-left fringe that opposes all carbon energy.” (The Wall Street Journal)
  • A pipeline to jobs…the president’s opposition to Keystone XL is driven strictly by politics.  He has cast his lot with environmental hysterics like former hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer, whose ‘friends and allies’ oppose the pipeline project, he told Mr. Obama, in an open letter, while reminding him that they ‘supported his reelection in 2012.’ (Orange County Register)
  • “Environmental activists turned what should have been a routine infrastructure question into an existential war, styling it as a test of Mr. Obama’s commitment to fighting climate change.” (The Washington Post)
  • Obama's Keystone veto leaves pipeline project in limbo. … Obama has played down Keystone XL’s ability to create jobs… Environmentalists, who made up part of the coalition that elected the president in 2008 and 2012, oppose the project because of carbon emissions involved in getting the oil it would carry out of Canadian tar sands.” (Reuters)