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Joe Biden will be busy his first days in office rolling back Trump-era policies. Welcome to Obama-Biden term three.
One of his first agenda items will be to rescind federal permits for the Keystone XL Pipeline.
In a notable return to Obama-era policies, President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly planning to use executive power to cancel the federal permits needed to construct the Keystone XL pipeline in his first days in office.
The pipeline — a project intended to move oil from the Canadian province of Alberta to the state of Nebraska and estimated to create tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue — was repeatedly fettered over environmental concerns during the Obama administration when Biden was vice president.
Enjoy your fairly cheap energy costs while they last. With this move and other environmental regulations that will surely be put in place, energy costs will skyrocket. The American people will be killed with taxes and high energy costs if the Democrats pass a “Green New Deal.”
You can also say goodbye to all the jobs construction of the pipeline would create. Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. was disappointed to hear the news.
“The Government of Canada continues to support the Keystone XL project,” she said. “Keystone XL fits within Canada’s climate plan. It will also contribute to U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness.”
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said on Twitter that he is “deeply concerned” by the reports signaling the cancellation of the pipeline.
“Doing so would kill jobs on both sides of the border, weaken the critically important Canada-U.S. relationship, and undermine U.S. national security by making the United States more dependent on OPEC oil imports in the future,” he added.
Construction of the pipeline is well under way in Canada, with the international border crossing already complete, Reuters noted. And in the U.S., work has begun on pump stations in every state along the path.
It’s really too bad that the U.S. is basically on a 3-year life cycle on executive level policies. This makes it really hard for companies to operate in cost effective ways due to ever changing government regulations. Perhaps presidential terms should be 6 years so we could have more consistency. But, then we would have to suffer for six years under a Biden presidency rather than four, so it’s a tradeoff.
Bernie Sanders is thrilled with this planned move, so you know it’s disastrous.
The Keystone pipeline is & always has been a disaster. I'm delighted that Joe Biden will cancel the Keystone permit on his first day in office. With all of the major crises facing America, we must never lose sight of the most existential threat facing our planet: climate change. https://t.co/8lDZDOgsVy
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 18, 2021
Joe Biden is planning on rejoining the Iran Deal, cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, mandating masks, and instituting a $15/hr minimum wage…all in his first days in office.
America last is back.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 18, 2021