With a stroke of a pen, President Biden has ended work on the Keystone Pipeline just hours after taking the Oath of Office in a heavily-guarded Inaugural Ceremony in Washington, D.C. A total of 8,000 of those jobs are union jobs, according to information released by the Keystone XL website in late October. Biden has always described himself as a “union guy” and someone that looks out for the American worker. This move seems to contradict those assertions.
According to a report from The Federalist Papers, the Keystone Pipeline project was poised to bring in about $1.6 billion in wages to a country that has floundered financially under the oppressive lockdowns put in place in an attempt to curb Covid-19 infections. This move by President Biden will further weaken an already unstable population of workers.
Several members of Congress have criticized this destructive move by the Biden Administration including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), as well as RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
This executive order is just one of 15 orders and 2 executive actions that Biden signed as part of an effort to undo many of President Trump’s economic achievements. However, this order has some international implications since Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fully supports the building of the pipeline.
In a statement released by Premier Jason Kenney of Alberta Canada, he voices serious concern for Biden’s action to halt the pipeline project.
“I am deeply concerned by reports that the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden may repeal the Presidential permit for the Keystone XL border crossing next week. 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.”-Premier Kenney
Kenney concludes his statement by urging the incoming administration to “show respect” for Canada, stating “We renew our call on the incoming administration to show respect for Canada as the United States’ most important trading partner and strategic ally by keeping that commitment to engage, and to allow Canada to make the case for strengthening cooperation on energy, the environment, and the economy through this project.”
Canada also offers a warning to Biden of possible legal action against his administration by stating, “Should the incoming U.S. Administration abrogate the Keystone-XL permit, Alberta will work with TC Energy to use all legal avenues available to protect its interest in the project.”
According to Fox Business, with his signature, Biden also gave a deafening blow to our country’s goal of energy independence, since the pipeline was slated to pump over 800,000 gallons of crude oil into Nebraska daily.
Edited: Alberta Premier’s surname has been corrected