President Biden has listed job creation as a major goal as we move further into the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, according to The Federalist.
14 Republican attorneys general from across the nation are demanding that the Biden administration reverse the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen is leading 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.”
“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.
“In Montana, for instance,” Knudsen writes, “killing Keystone XL will likely cost the state approximately $58 million in annual tax revenue. Montana will lose the benefits of future easements and leases, and several local counties will lose their single-biggest property taxpayer. The loss of Keystone XL’s economic activity and tax revenues are especially devastating as five of the six impacted counties are designated high-poverty areas.”
“Please be aware that the states are reviewing available legal options to protect our residents and sovereign interests. In the meantime, we urge you to reconsider your decision to impose crippling economic injuries on states, communities, families, and workers across the country,” the letter by the state attorneys general concluded.
The Keystone XL Pipeline is aimed to deliver 830,000 crude oil barrels per day from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska.
The project 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.
“I wish [Biden] hadn’t done that on the first day,” Richard Trumka said.
Joe Manchin wrote, “Pipelines continue to be the safest mode to transport our oil and natural gas resources and they support thousands of high-paying, American union jobs.”
From The Federalist:
Biden also notably instituted a freeze on new gas and oil drilling permits on Jan. 20, which Morgan Stanley research estimated comprises 25 percent of all U.S. oil production, or 2.7 million barrels a day. Sen. Joe Manchin D-W.Va., who in 2012 first introduced the Keystone XL Bill, wrote to President Biden in opposition to his decision.
While Biden purports to be the president for the American worker, his suspension of the Keystone XL Pipeline only shows the non-scientific, environmental religiosity he supports. Biden similarly rejoined the Paris Climate Accords—which The Heritage Foundation estimated in a report will wipe clean 400,000 jobs by 2035, as well as a total GDP loss of over $2.5 trillion.