Opinion / Politics

AG Pax­ton Leads Mul­ti­state Com­plaint Against the Biden Admin­is­tra­tion, Demand­ing the Rein­state­ment of the Key­stone XL Permit

BidenAttorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas and Montana are filing a multistate complaint against the Biden administration for revoking the 2019 Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. The lawsuit states that President Biden does not have the unilateral authority to change energy policy that Congress has set. The power to regulate interstate and international commerce, including granting or rejecting permits for oil pipelines that cross an international border, resides with Congress—not the President.

“Since his first day in office, President Biden has made it his mission to undo all the progress of the previous administration, with complete disregard for the Constitutional limits on his power. His decision to revoke the pipeline permit is not only unlawful but will also devastate the livelihoods of thousands of workers, their families, and their communities,” Attorney General Paxton said. “This administration continues to tout imaginary green-energy jobs, without any recognition that their actions in the real world will make it impossible for hard-working Americans to put food on the table.”

“The power to regulate foreign and interstate commerce belongs to Congress — not the President. This is another example of Joe Biden overstepping his constitutional role to the detriment of Montanans,” Attorney General Knudsen said. “There is not even a perceived environmental benefit to his actions. His attempt to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline is an empty virtue signal to his wealthy coastal elite donors. It shows Biden’s contempt for rural communities in Montana and other states along the pipeline’s path that would benefit from and support the project.”

The complaint was filed by Texas Attorney General Paxton and Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen in Texas federal district court. The suit is joined by attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. ​

Read a copy of the filing here.

Reprinted with Permission from - Texas Attorney General's Office

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Judy Vierra
4 months ago

It is sad to see America laughed at. I wish President Trump would run for Congress next year. He could help control things and then run for his rightful position in 24!

4 months ago
Reply to  Judy Vierra

Why would President Trump want to be a lowly Congressman, in either the House or the Senate, with little to no power to influence anything?

By the way, for those expecting any improvement in either 2022 or 2024, first you have to ensure election integrity is restored or the only thing that will likely occur is the Democrats increase their majorities in both houses of Congress and keep the WH. If the Dems get H.R. 1 passed by the Senate and Biden scribbles it into law, then you can forget ever winning any federal election ever again.

3 months ago
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Gloria P. Sterling
4 months ago

I’ve been praying for something like this to happen or for Congress to do something to bring the pipeline back. In most places here the gas is now $3.00 and over and a few places just under $3.00. Besides that, those jobs need to be returned. j.b. is really a “dictator”, not a “president”, not in terms of this Country, anyway. Guess he feels really “big”; well, he’s really a very little fish being swallowed up by the “powers” behind him.

Myrna S Wade
4 months ago

The comment that people whose jobs are destroyed by this executive order to cancel the Keystone pipeline will be able to be employed making solar panels is a clue to just how much this administration knows and cares. I am thankful that this group of states will not take this sitting down.
All states should have joined this lawsuit since we will all be harmed, some sooner and more obviously, but what destroys American jobs harms every citizen.

4 months ago

The radical elite secularist globalist are trying to push all of us into the one world green environmental system. Solar and wind only make up LESS THAN 1% of ALL energy! They want to totally kill fossil fuels to control us! As a FREE AMERICAN we should have MULTIPLE forms of energy sources at our use or disposal! At an affordable price! NOT JUST ONE!. But that’s what totalitarian marxist do. They will but restrictions on and try to band the use of oil/gas. This will raise oil & gas prices. If you are invested in (MLP’s) for your retirement, keep a watch on them they could be affected. CONTACT YOUR REP AND SPEAK OUT! .

4 months ago

Rash and Rush implements to undo Trump’s accomplishments has lead to Biden’s dismiss of careful thinking and extreme care. He is a disaster and we will experience more of his stupidity. 47 years is Congress and he has nothing to show the American people, yet he wanted to be president of our great nation! All Americans need to stand up and push back his agendas. We need to be heard and the Democratic Party (Socialist) need to know we mean business.

Brad Nimmick
4 months ago

We all know that Biden is incapable of making decisions based on well thought out facts. He hasn’t done that for thirty nine years and what would make one think he is doing it now? Party hacks and fund contributors are running the show and they are all connected to big money and power people. He is being led to decisions like this that are not based on what is good for Americans, but rather the economic benefits available to the above. It is going to be tough sledding for red state leaders for the next few years. We need to keep the extreme decision makers’ feet to the fire and get the correct information out there in order to combat the misinformation and fake news promulgated by these people. I applaud the owners of the Keystone pipeline and others who continue to fight for what is right. Red state leaders need to continue to reject the payoffs and favors offered by the left to change their minds. They must also be very cautious of what could happen to them and their families by standing up to these people.

Joanne Menard
4 months ago
Reply to  Brad Nimmick

I agree, well said

4 months ago

Well at least these state AG’s are keeping the issue front and center through the federal courts. That at least forces the Biden administration to respond and try and justify their actions. Hopefully they don’t get assigned a Clinton or Obama era federal judge. In any event, that’s certainly more positive action than can be said for most Congressional Republicans who seem to just want to move on to discussing their next legislative defeat and talking about 2022.

4 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

“Promises made, promises kept.” Republicans in congress owe us at least that, but they’re busy being RINO’s. Unfortunately, the courts haven’t given President Trump the time of day, so I don’t hold out much hope for the Keystone Pipeline. There are some strong voices out there, so it might work in their favor if the R’s can get it together (“unity”).

4 months ago
Reply to  Kim

I agree. I don’t expect the AG lawsuit to be successful, because the federal courts have already signaled they will not step up and over-turn the EO. All the AG lawsuit is good for is keeping the attention in the public’s eye for a while.

I also don’t expect the Congressional Republicans to put up any sort of serious fight. Certainly nothing showing a strong, unified opposition. Maybe one or two weak speeches, but that is about it. They are indeed busy settling into their role of a permanent minority party from what I’ve seen to date. They all keep repeating “wait until 2022”, like that is some kind of guaranteed win. They don’t seem to get that people want politicians that will actually fight for them. We’re not interested in just electing someone with an (R) after his name, who will just sit by quietly as the country is buried by the Democrats.

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