Joe Biden started off his presidency with a huge mistake that cost Americans their livelihoods.
There’s no justifications for what Biden did.
Twenty-one states joined together and hit Joe Biden with this massive lawsuit.
In 2011 the U.S reviewed 15,500 pages of documents and environmental impact statements, before signing off that Keystone XL would have no impact on greenhouse gas emissions or climate change.
It would lower Americans’ energy costs and provide tens of thousands of jobs.
There’s no downside to the Keystone project, yet President Joe Biden cancelled it on his first day in office.
Now twenty-one states have filed a lawsuit which alleged that Biden overreached his authority.
“The President lacks the power to enact his ‘ambitious plan’ to reshape the economy in defiance of Congress’s unwillingness to do so,” the lawsuit states.
Texas, Montana, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming are the states which are suing.
The attorney generals argue that Biden exceeded his authority because “of a provision Congress tucked into tax legislation in 2011 that required then-President Barack Obama to either approve the pipeline within 60 days or issue a determination that it wasn’t in the national interest,” NBC News reported. “Obama then rejected TransCanada’s (now TC Energy Corp) application weeks later, saying Congress gave him insufficient time, but allowed the company to re-apply, which deferred the decision until after his re-election. Obama later rejected the application, President Donald Trump approved it, and Biden revoked the approval.”
Biden received pushback even from some Democrats for cancelling the Keystone XL Pipeline.
“I am writing today to express my support of responsible energy infrastructure development, including of oil and natural gas pipelines,” Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Joe Manchin (D-WV) 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. To that end, I encourage you to reconsider your decision to revoke the cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and take into account the potential impacts of any further action to safety, jobs, and energy security.”
Republicans were blunter in their messages to Biden.
“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,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “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,” Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen added. “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.”
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