President Joe Biden made such a drastically horrible decision right at the start of his presidency that even Canada’s liberal prime minister, Justin Trudeau. weighed in on it in a panic to criticize the move.
After Biden chose to rescind the permit for a key pipeline intended to ship oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, Trudeau criticized the radical act by Biden.
Former President Donald Trump had green-lighted the pipeline in 2017 making it a near instant target for environmental activists and Democratic politicians looking to undermine the fossil fuel industry.
“While we welcome the President’s commitment to fight climate change, we are disappointed but acknowledge the President’s decision to fulfill his election campaign promise on Keystone XL,” Trudeau said in a statement.
“Canada is the single-largest supplier of energy to the United States, contributing to U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness, and supporting thousands of jobs on both sides of the border,” he continued. “Workers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and across Canada will always have our support.”
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he was “deeply disturbed” by Biden’s decision to stop work on the $8 billion project. Kenney had threatened legal action earlier in the week after reports of Biden’s intent to kill the pipeline surfaced.
“This is a gut punch for the Canadian and Alberta economies. Sadly it is an insult directed at the United States’ most important ally and trading partner,” Kenney told a news conference.
The Keystone Pipeline System runs from Alberta, Canada, through North Dakota to oil refineries in Illinois and Texas. The Keystone XL addition is under construction in Canada and would have carried over 830,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada through North Dakota to Nebraska. From Nebraska, existing pipelines would carry the crude to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
TC Energy Corp., an Alberta-based company, announced it had suspended work on the Keystone XL pipeline on Wednesday ahead of Biden’s inauguration and in anticipation of the U.S. president’s revocation of the pipeline’s permit. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said at the time that TC Energy’s suspension of work was “incredibly troubling.”
“Now is the time for our nations to strengthen our trading relationship, not erect further barriers to collaborative and sustainable development,” Moe said in a statement.
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with other congressional GOP members, have similarly taken issue with Biden’s decision to kill the Keystone Pipeline XL.
Environmentalist and Native American tribes have taken issue with the 1,200-mile pipeline since 2004, as it draws oil from tar sands and crosses tribal territory.
Conservatives believe that the move will negatively impact the oil and gas industry, along with employment in the sector.
Biden’s climate-forward initiatives signify the strong stance his administration will take on tackling climate change in the U.S. and making policy changes that will target environmentally-conscious strategies.
Biden’s first term began on Wednesday with a slew of other executive actions after he was inaugurated on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.