I am not as optimistic as you are. Although Obama's veto may work as a great theatrical device, the fact that plenty of pipeline HAS been laid and that this industry is not known for taking "no" for an answer suggest that it's a delaying tactic. At present, oil prices are so low that the battle may seem too expensive to fight; or maybe the Republican slugs in Congress are waiting for a Republican President (or Oil-friendly Dem) to connect the remaining dots.
Even the open Internet seems like a Pyric victory; and this is why I suggest as much: In these times of incredibly sophisticated and pervasive surveillance, it could be that the stalling devices on this matter gave the spy agencies time to build up enough data centers to hold whatever Internet traffic they took to be "suspicious."
I don't recall the source (Edward Snowden?) who exposed the NSA's initial support of the Internet and how this open highway allowed the spies to scrutinize virtually any person and any place. Why would THEY shut down free traffic on their golden goose?