Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation to reverse President Joe Biden’s Executive Order regarding the Keystone XL pipeline.
Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) along with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and 83 Republicans have introduced the Keystone XL Pipeline Construction and Jobs Preservation Act. This legislation authorizes the construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline and declares that a Presidential Permit is not required. This legislation follows Biden’s decision to rescind the border crossing permit.
The Keystone XL pipeline is expected to provide approximately 11,000 jobs and up to 60,000 indirect and supporting jobs, generate tax revenue, decrease our reliance on foreign energy, and strengthen American national security and energy independence.
“President Biden’s decision to revoke the Keystone XL pipeline permit is an attack on the way of life for thousands of people who rely on energy production to feed their families,” said Armstrong in a Feb. 2 statement. “The Keystone XL pipeline would transport safe and reliable energy across our Nation, providing thousands of American jobs in the process and increasing our national security. We must do everything we can to see this terrible decision reversed and fight for energy policies that help move North Dakota and our Nation forward.”
McCarthy said Biden’s action to revoke the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL project would hamper climate change initiatives.
“President Biden’s decision to stop construction of the Keystone Pipeline is catastrophic for American workers and families,” McCarthy said. “Its impact on global climate change is negligible, but its consequences for workers, families, and energy independence are decidedly negative. Already, it has killed thousands of good, union jobs, and it could lead to higher energy costs for families and increase our dependence on dirtier Russian energy. At a time when households are already struggling, our immediate priorities are to protect American jobs and promote affordable energy, especially natural gas. What’s more, if we are actually serious about addressing climate change, we need smart solutions that provide cleaner energy at affordable prices through innovation, research, and technology. Eliminating the Keystone Pipeline will make both those objectives more difficult to achieve. Instead of eliminating it, we should embrace it. I’m proud to be an original cosponsor of this legislation because it defends American workers and promotes a serious pathway to cleaner energy.”
Biden signed the Executive Order to revoke the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline on Jan. 20.