As promised, President Barack Obama vetoed legislation that would kickstart construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
"The presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously," Obama said in a statement to the Senate. "But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people."
The controversial Keystone XL pipeline has sparked much criticism from environmentalists. The proposed pipleline, which would carry some 830,000 gallons of Canadian tar sands oil through the United States to the Gulf Coast of Texas each day, is a step backwards for energy independence and green energy, according to enviros. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the veto a "national embarrassment," adding that Republicans are "not even close" to stopping their push for construction of the pipeline.
The veto is the third of Obama's presidency, with the last one being in 2010. It is his first major veto since he took office in 2009.