Montana AG Austin Knudsen Leads Legal Action Against Cancelled Keystone Pipeline

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From The Federalist

While President Biden has advertised job creation as a prominent goal moving into the later stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, 14 Republican attorneys general from across the country are sounding the alarm on his administration’s abrupt cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Led by Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and West Virginia penned a joint letter urging Biden to reevaluate his position.

“Your decision will result in devastating damage to many of our states and local communities,” the attorneys wrote. “Even those states outside the path of the Keystone XL pipeline—indeed all Americans—will suffer serious, detrimental consequences.”

“Nowhere, however, do you explain how killing the Keystone XL pipeline project directly advances the goals of ‘protect[ing] Americans and the domestic economy from harmful climate impacts.’ Nor does your decision actually cure any of the climate ills you reference. Observers are thus left with only one reasonable supposition: it is a symbolic act of virtue signaling to special interests and the international community,” the joint letter said.”

The scathing letter pertains to Biden’s Jan. 20 executive order within hours of assuming office to revoke the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, which President Trump re-authorized for construction in Jan. 2017.

Operated by TC Energy, the project aimed to deliver 830,000 crude oil barrels per day from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska. It is estimated to inject $8 billion into the North American economy as a whole and create over 13,000 jobs, some of which are unionized. It was also a key national security move, as it created U.S. energy independence from foreign antagonists such as Russia, China, and Middle Eastern oil tyrannies.

Read the rest of the article by Gabe Kaminsky of The Federalist by Clicking Here




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