In response to what he has called our “climate crisis,” President Biden signed an executive order halting the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, an oil pipeline running from Canada to the U.S. It was reported that the decision will affect over 11,000 U.S. jobs.
“The permit is hereby revoked. Leaving the Keystone XL pipeline permit in place would not be consistent with my Administration’s economic and climate imperatives.”Executive Order by President Joe Biden
The Right, as well as the oil industry, is critical of the move. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, a Republican, stated, “Keystone XL is a critical part of putting together an all-of-the-above strategy for North American energy independence. Failure to construct the pipeline would mean more dependence on overseas energy sources as well as fewer jobs and less property tax relief for Nebraskans. This is a project that would greatly benefit not just Nebraska but also our whole country…” Conservative journalist Tucker Carlson stated, “There is no getting around the economic effect of this decision. Millions of Americans don’t have jobs right now, but with a single shaky signature, Joe Biden just put another 11,000 people out of work.” Republican Montana Governor Greg Gianforte said the impact on Montana from this decision is “massive” and stated that Biden is “pandering to radical environmentalists.” He called on Biden to reverse the decision.
“In a more rational time, it was considered a good thing to get oil from a country that isn’t located in Middle East, isn’t a petro-dictatorship and isn’t remotely hostile to the United States.”Rich Lowry, Editor of National Review
The Left, as well as environmental activists, supports the move. American columnist Froma Harrop argued that the pipeline is “not needed” and, contrary to Gov. Rickett’s statement, “The United States already has [energy independence]. The U.S. has actually been a net exporter of refined petroleum products for 10 years. Starting two years ago, more crude oil was leaving for other countries than was coming in.” “Killing the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all is a clear indication that climate action is a priority for the White House,” said Canada’s Environmental Defence National Climate Program Manager Dale Marshall.
“It’s very positive to see the new administration making this a priority. And it’s really a sign that organizers and Indigenous communities have helped move the dial on climate politics.”Alex Speers-Roesch, Head of Oil Campaign at Greenpeace Canada