Thursday, February 4, 2021

House Republicans Bring Bill to Reauthorize Keystone XL Pipeline, Cut Biden Out of Process; This Legal Hurdle Could Trip Up Biden’s Cancellation of Keystone XL Pipeline, and related stories

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House Republicans bring bill to reauthorize Keystone XL pipeline, cut Biden out of process:
Legislation would remove the requirement for a presidential permit
Scores of House Republicans on Tuesday introduced legislation to reauthorize the Keystone XL pipeline, decrying President Biden’s day-one order canceling the project as “catastrophic for American workers and families.”
The Keystone XL Pipeline Construction and Jobs Preservation Act, cosponsored by 85 Republicans, would give the go-ahead to build and operate the pipeline while declaring that a presidential permit such as the one rescinded by Mr. Biden is no longer required.
“President Biden’s decision to stop construction of the Keystone Pipeline is catastrophic for American workers and families,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement. “Its impact on global climate change is negligible, but its consequences for workers, families, and energy independence are decidedly negative.”
Mr. Biden’s decision to pull the 2017 cross-border permit comes at an estimated cost of about 11,000 jobs as well as up to 60,000 indirect jobs along the route of the 1,179-mile pipeline extension aimed at running crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Nebraska. --->READ MORE HERE
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This Legal Hurdle Could Trip Up Biden’s Cancellation of Keystone XL Pipeline:
A lawsuit from across the northern U.S. border over the Biden administration’s halting of an oil pipeline could hang on a Supreme Court ruling against the Trump administration related to the southern border.
In his first day in office, President Joe Biden canceled construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, an action projected to wipe out 11,000 jobs, including 8,000 union jobs.
Biden’s move reversed President Donald Trump’s executive action in early 2017 clearing the way for construction of the 1,200-mile pipeline from Alberta, Canada, through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska. The project already had begun in Canada.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney threatened legal action against the Biden administration, calling cancellation of the project a “gut punch” and “insult” to Canada.
Alberta-based TC Energy Corp. did not respond to inquiries for this story from The Daily Signal, but said in a recent press release: “TC Energy will review the decision, assess its implications, and consider its options.”
A recent Supreme Court case that may provide guidance is Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. In a 5-4 decision last June, the justices ruled that the Trump administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act by doing away with an Obama administration policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

Biden's Keystone Pipeline Cancellation Could Be Thwarted by SCOTUS' Reasoning in DACA Case

‘Playing with our lives’: South Dakotans blast Biden nix of Keystone pipeline

Tester urges Biden to reconsider decision to kill Keystone XL pipeline

Betrayed by Biden: Oil and Gas Workers Reveal How They Feel About Biden Killing Keystone Pipeline

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