Senators Moran, Inhofe, Marshall introducing Keystone XL Pipeline bill
Would authorize continued construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline
WASHINGTON – Eight U.S. Senators are introducing legislation that would authorize continued construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) signed on to the measure.
President Joe Biden signed an executive order revoking the cross-border operation permit, effectively ending construction.
“Canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline will cost our country thousands of jobs, raise energy prices and make us more dependent on foreign countries to supply our energy,” said Sen. Jerry Moran. “At a time when our economy and communities are hurting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we should be focusing on sending people back to work not taking their jobs away.”
“The focus of the new administration must be on restoring our economy to pre-COVID levels and ensuring Americans can put food on the table,” said Sen. Roger Marshall. “Instead, President Biden has revoked the Keystone XL pipeline, a move that will drive up the price of gas at the pump, cost thousands of jobs, crush our energy industry and put our country back on a path to dependence on foreign oil. Over the years, the Keystone XL pipeline has undergone extensive environmental and safety studies that have been verified, tested, and approved by both the courts and independent groups. Instead of firing American workers through government decree, the Biden Administration should take steps to grow our economy and continue down the path of American energy independence and economic recovery.”
Climate activists celebrated President Biden’s day one move.
“The era of supporting fossil fuels, even as a temporary bridge to a clean future, is over,” said Bob McNally, president of consulting firm Rapidan Energy Group. “The United States has shifted from all-of-the-above to accelerated decarbonization.”