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The Impact of Biden Blocking the Keystone Pipeline

Biden Acts Immediately Against U.S. Fossil Fuel Energy Independence and Kills Jobs in His Broad Reaching Executive Order That Stops Development of the Keystone Pipeline

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President Joe Biden spent his first day – January 20 — in the White House signing a spate of executive orders aimed at undoing the policies of the Trump administration, including a broad ranging one to ostensibly protect the environment. This document contains several provisions designed to set the stage for the restoration of increased regulatory costs upon, and lost opportunity for fossil fuel energy development. Section 6 contains an order that revoked the permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline because it was deemed “not consistent with [his] Administration’s economic and climate imperatives.” Biden’s order revokes the permit that was granted March 29, 2019, by then-President Donald Trump to reverse former President Obama’s blocking the pipeline company TC Energy’s request for a permit in 2015.

The Keystone XL pipeline is an international project to build an 875-mile pipeline to carry a heavy crude oil mixture from Western Canada to Steele City, Neb., where it would connect with another leg stretching to Gulf Coast refineries. While a voluminous State Department report on the Keystone XL pipeline found in 2014 that it would not significantly contribute to carbon pollution, its opponents say the pipeline threatens Canadian rivers and forests. And the project has become a symbol for the political debate over fossil fuels. Construction began in April 2020, and to date, only a 1.2-mile section of the pipeline had been completed in Montana near the U.S.-Canada border.

On that same day, oil and gas producers association — American Petroleum Institute (API) — President and CEO Mike Sommers issued a statement on Biden’s incoming presidency criticizing his executive order, saying: 

“… (R)evoking the Keystone XL pipeline is a significant step backwards both for environmental progress and our economic recovery. Pipelines are the safest, most environmentally friendly way to transport energy, and the economy cannot recover at full speed unless we deliver reliable energy from where it is to where it is needed. The Keystone XL Pipeline has been through more than 10 years of extensive environmental reviews, and today’s announcement is a slap in the face to the thousands of union workers who are already a part of this safe and sustainable project. This misguided move will hamper America’s economic recovery, undermine North American energy security and strain relations with one of America’s greatest allies.”

Pipeline company TC Energy projects substantial job losses because of Biden’s action:

“The decision would overturn an unprecedented, comprehensive regulatory process that lasted more than a decade and repeatedly concluded the pipeline would transport much needed energy in an environmentally responsible way while enhancing North American energy security. The action would directly lead to the layoff of thousands of union workers and negatively impact ground-breaking industry commitments to use new renewable energy as well as historic equity partnerships with Indigenous communities.”

Coal and natural gas state West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin wrote Biden asking him “to reconsider” his executive order. Mr. Manchin, who introduced the first Keystone XL bill in 2012, noted that “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.”  In other words, the pipeline is more environmentally safe than transporting by rail in which derailments have and may well continue to cause substantial spills.

Similarly, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said regarding job losses in a recent interview with Axios on HBO that the Laborers’ International Union of North America was right to say it would cost 1,000 existing union jobs and 10,000 projected construction jobs, and  he was skeptical about the veracity of Biden administration vague promises that those laid off would be trained for and given “green jobs,” such as build solar panels. 

In addition to those direct pipeline development jobs lost and the impact upon their families, there will doubtless be a significant economic “ripple effect” causing further job losses in related goods and service industries, stores, and businesses in the towns of those who lost jobs, and lost revenues to the impacted states and local governments and school systems. 

Inasmuch as the President quickly signed 30 executive orders in his first three days of holding office, to reject or block the progress made by the Trump Administration without examination, the question logically arises as to whether he even knew what the impact would be on jobs and families.  Were they just placed by his advisors in front of him to sign without presenting him with a complete discussion of the issues and impacts?  Time will tell… and we hope at not too great a cost to our Nation.

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Tim Bell
1 month ago

Stupid is as stupid does

Ginger Lymbery
5 months ago

Having been in an ice storm in Texas for a week without power…I can tell you one damn thing….solar and wind didn’t get it….it was a complete cluster and one that our state will change immediately going back to the true power sources of natural gas and coal. Screw you Cheater Joe.

Tim
5 months ago

I find it interesting the Union’s supported Democrat candidates, then complain when those same politicians destroy union jobs. But the Union’s will never learn…you get what you vote for. And elections have consequences. But look on the bright side, Joe said all those union members can go get jobs in the computer industry

Ginger Lymbery
5 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Bet the unions are sorry that they helped this man cheat his way to the White House now….and remember, it WILL get worse before we can throw his @zz out.

Richard J George
5 months ago

Proof positive that democrats are idiots

Ed J
5 months ago

Idiots? That would be giving them too much credit!

David P Nelson
5 months ago

This, current, Administration is NOT interested in advancing our great Country!
…very sad.

johnh
5 months ago

Hope that Biden administration will reconsider this EO after witnessing what is happening in Texas this week regarding energy needs. Not much comments out of WH this week on Texas??? The impact to windmills & solar panels from cold weather must be noted by the Green Deal people,.

Ginger Lymbery
5 months ago
Reply to  johnh

Hell no they don’t work…..I spent a week in the artic without power from Sunday to Sunday and the solar and wind crap did NOT work.

johnh
5 months ago

Signing EO the first week on Keystone XL is very disturbing. Where was discussions on putting thousands of people out of work?? Not to mention energy needs to stay indebendent. This appears to be fulfillment of Campaign promise & is similar to what Donald Trump did with Wall when he was elected & even shut down govt. for many days over getting more funding,. I hope that more people join Mancini in pushing Biden to reconsider this hasty decision.

John A. Fallon
5 months ago

This is just the beginning, the braindead socialists have no clue what they are doing or should be doing, they LUST for power and wealth, PRESIDENT TRUMP brought gas prices DOWN because of his tax reforms, the biggest part of gas prices is actually TAXES, in order to acheive thier delusional “green new deal” they will BURY us in higher TAXES, to the point they will cause a TOTAL COLAPSE OF OUR ECONOMY.

5 months ago

This Democratic/Socialist move hurts the US and Canada. Several states are fighting back as they should. We can not let President?? Joe Biden continue

Brenda
5 months ago

Right now in Texas we get a lot of our power from wind turbines. We have learned the hard way,all ready!! Turbines are frozen & people have died because they aren’t making power. Rolling blackouts & people who won’t have power for days.
God help the old, sick,& people who are unemployed!

PaulE
5 months ago
Reply to  Brenda

Windmill blades icing up and stopping windmills from functioning has been a known issue with wind power for a couple of decades now. The blades become unbalanced by the icing and they simply won’t turn to generate any power. European countries are well aware of the issue, as they have been plagued by the same issue since they “went green” in a big way over a decade ago. A lot of scientists and engineers have been pointing out these deficiencies for nearly five decades to politicians who don’t want to hear reality.

Don’t think solar is the answer either. Solar panels don’t generate power when they are covered by snow or if you have days upon days of gray, sunless skies. Neither wind nor solar are practical power sources on a large scale in climates other than endless, sunny, above freezing days.

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DonP
5 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

“if you have days upon days of gray, sunless skies. Neither wind nor solar are practical power sources…”
Exactly. I live in Orlando and have solar panels. I had an electric bill in January because my system didn’t create more than I used. Before that. The last bill I got was the previous January. December and January are the worst two months here for solar since we have a lot of cloud cover in those months. I would have had a bill in December but I had excess carried over from the rest of last year. They zero out the net-metering balance at the end of December or I probably wouldn’t have had a bill in January. If I was in an area with more cloud cover or further North, since the further North you go the less sun you get, my panels would be even less productive. Snow would just shut them down.

I recently saw a video, I think it was on YouTube, trying to say it wasn’t the cold that shut down the windmills in Texas and their “proof” was video of windmills in Antarctica. The difference, that they apparently didn’t take into consideration is that when you add moisture into the mix, the blades can ice up. I really doubt that the ice stopped the windmills. I think it was that they were shut down for two safety reasons. The first is that if there is ice building up on the blades, it could break off and hit someone. If the windmills are running it will get thrown off. The second, and I’m sure the main reason (since there aren’t usually many people near the windmills) is that the ice usually doesn’t build up evenly giving you an unbalanced system. If a chunk was to break off while turning it would probably be even more unbalanced. If you have something that big, spinning around, and it becomes unbalanced, it could probably do some serious damage to the windmill before the imbalance actually prevents it from turning.

HocasPocas
5 months ago
Reply to  Brenda

Yeah but didn’t you hear about that in the msm, that’s Ted Cruz’s fault for joining his family members for a little get away? They are clueless

Jeff Lerud
5 months ago

The left has no respect for common sense. It seems reality eludes them. Killing jobs in the industry is very wrong and attacking one of the best and safest methods of handling oil is ass backwards even to their goal.

DGW
5 months ago

Perhaps one of you out there knows the answer to this question: Since the left spent say three years investigating Trump/Russia using taxpayer dollars, why can’t we (the right) investigate Biden/Election Fraud until however that ends?

PaulE
5 months ago
Reply to  DGW

Because the administrative state in Washington, D.C. is overwhelmingly Democrat. It used to be just 70 to 75 percent during the Clinton / G.W. Bush years, but since Obama the percentage is now around 95 percent. He really filled up every department and agency with like-minded socialists.

Joe
5 months ago

No one person is approved or qualified to shut down an industry. Especially him and his handlers.

Rex Croson
5 months ago

Does he even know what impact this foolish act has already caused? He is not the legislative branch and his acts are unconstitutional when will someone step in and take his pen away. This hurts all Americans and we as a nation must stay energy independent.

HocasPocas
5 months ago
Reply to  Rex Croson

That would have to be done by someone in his own regime. They’ve all got a few marbles missing and the rest are just in there waiting to fall out, so the best that we could hope for is that they turn on each other

Garye
5 months ago

All these comments are GREAT to see, this is exactly what the socialist democrats fear – Citizens holding them accountable,questioning what RIGHT for America and We the People!
Stay together, stay strong,stay committed and let’s elect representatives who represent us!

sally L sweet
5 months ago
Reply to  Garye

So right! Mainstream Republicans told us for dacades that we could never be energy independent, and Trump proved them wrong. Now we will be kneeling before OPEC once again.

Garye
5 months ago

A great article. It exposes the hypocrisy of this Administration with an explanation of saying one thing and then acting to satisfy the far left democrats.This is NOT in the best interest of Citizens.
For decades Americas energy independence was vital to our National Security, but with this group not as vital as politics, socialist agendas,and paying back donors.

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john Bush
5 months ago

Biden is a low-level quasi-intellectual who does not have enough street smarts to understand the problems he is creating!

Phyllis Poole
5 months ago
Reply to  john Bush

He’s taking orders!!! From whom?! Maybe Soros or China!!!

Danny Estridge
5 months ago

Granted Bibem screwed up listening to other people. When will these people realize this was better and cheaper for the enviroment. Let’s see what happens when the trucks carrying oil/gas or the railroad carrying the same crash or spill the stuff all over the roads or railways. I’m all in for “green” energy, But at the same time, I’m also all in for not acting stupid/shooting from the hip for it. Right now this is a disaster waiting to happen just so they can justify “green” energy.
We are now being “led” by rich idiot people that have no clue. Take away all the stuff they have for only 1 week, let them freeze their a$$ off, not having any luxury they think they’re entitled to because they have money and a choice to be better than us peasents, I think if we could afford what they have we would be doing the same thing, except we’re just regular folks without all the money they have. Is there a adult in the room for these idiots? Just sayin’ we’re screwed.

Dave
5 months ago
Reply to  Danny Estridge

Danny, To answer your question, NO, many of us would NOT do the same thing if in their position.
Many of us would follow President Trump’s example, and do what is BEST FOR AMERICA!!!

WileyP
5 months ago
Reply to  Danny Estridge

The US Department of Energy was established in 1977, amid gas lines and prices that were rapidly going up. Of the arguments in favor of adding yet another cabinet-level department, the very first was :”To Promote Energy Independence.”
For the first time since the inception of the DOE, we did become energy independent under President Trump’s administration.
However, the cause of the independence was not the pipeline, because (remember?) the pipeline is still under construction. So transportation of the Canadian supplied oil has been by truck and train for quite some time, and has been done with relative safety.But, of course, we also want to remember that the truckers’ union and the owner/operator of the oil trains are both huge donors to the DNC and most all of the higher-powered Democrat representatives and senators.
But since they have decided that the safety of the state-of-the-art pipelines seems to be questionable, I recommend that for the safety of all politicians, all pipelines to governmental offices and residences (water, natural gas, sewage systems, those hazardous electrical conduits, etc.) be disconnected. After all, we do want to keep them safe…don’t we?

HocasPocas
5 months ago
Reply to  WileyP

Sounds like a good solution to me. Don’t want to harm them with all the goods that they are receiving that’s causing an environmental hazard. Better do it pronto before they catch fire or something worse, like disintegrate. Wait on second thought the consequences sound better than the cure

Phillip
5 months ago
Reply to  Danny Estridge

Buffett owns a large stake in the railroad that is used to transport the this crude. Buffett supports the left. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

Jesse Tiede
5 months ago

Well, this came as no surprise to anyone except the Union dumbasses who VOTED for Biden! For everybody who lost their job and DIDN’T vote for this clown, you have my sympathy! To those of you who DID, well, you deserve what happens, from losing jobs to paying ungodly amounts for gasoline for the next 4 years, until Donald Trump can once again be elected to office… Stupid morons…

LoraS
5 months ago
Reply to  Jesse Tiede

you are so right.

Daniel Wilkins
5 months ago

Who owns the Tanker rail cars that transports the oil. A little research should tell the story. Both Obama and Biden shut the pipeline down.

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