Canadian leaders says Biden's decision to halt Keystone pipeline is "deeply disturbing"

by Jordyn Pair · Jan 22nd, 2021 10:29 am

Last Updated Jan 25th, 2021 at 11:10 am

Canadian lawmakers have voiced their disapproval of President Biden's recent order to stop the installation of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the decision was "deeply disturbing."

In one of his first acts after taking office on Wednesday, Biden rescinded approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, an addition to the Keystone Pipeline System, which runs from Alberta, Canada, through North Dakota. The newest pipeline would have carried more than 830,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

The pipeline, approved in 2017 by then-President Donald Trump, has long been targeted by environmentalists concerned about the use of fossil fuels.

"While we welcome the President's commitment to fight climate change, we are disappointed but acknowledge the President's decision to fulfill his election campaign promise on Keystone XL," said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement. "Canada is the single-largest supplier of energy to the United States, contributing to U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness, and supporting thousands of jobs on both sides of the border. Workers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and across Canada will always have our support."

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he was "deeply disturbed" by the decision.

"This is a gut punch for the Canadian and Alberta economies. Sadly it is an insult directed at the United States' most important ally and trading partner," Kenney said.

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