Biden indicates he will cancel Keystone XL pipeline on first day in office

by Peter Heck · Jan 18th, 2021 9:06 am

Last Updated Jan 19th, 2021 at 8:20 pm

President-elect Joe Biden has signaled his intent to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline project through an executive order on his first day in office.

Biden's transition team reportedly shared the information with U.S. stakeholders over the weekend. On a circulated list of first-day executive actions for the incoming president, the words "Rescind Keystone XL pipeline permit" appeared.

The plan to cancel the pipeline project is one of several other executive orders relating to the environment that Biden intends to enact quickly. The president-elect has also affirmed his commitment to re-joining the Paris Climate Accord.

The premier of Canada's Alberta province, Jason Kenney, said he is deeply concerned with Biden's plan.

"Doing so would kill jobs on both sides of the border, weaken the critically important Canada-U.S. relationship, and undermine U.S. national security by making the United States more dependent on OPEC oil imports in the future," Kenney said in a statement.


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