By Clare Foran, Ben Geman and Jason Plautz

WILL OBAMA VETO THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE? What political considerations will the president need to weigh in making his decision? If he approves, or rejects, the pipeline, what consequences will he face?

“Since our Congress remains hobbled by the fossil-fuel industries’ oversize influence on the Hill, President Obama will need to lead in transitioning America off old energy options (e.g. Keystone) toward more sustainable, secure, job-friendly, and renewable energy alternatives.” —Michael Shank, associate director for legislative affairs, Friends Committee on National Legislation