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State AGs urge Biden to restart Keystone pipeline to secure oil supply

Attorneys general from 16 states are asking Joe Biden to restart the Keystone XL pipeline as oil supplies are threatened by Russia’s ongoing war on Ukraine.

Before Biden took office, the United States under President Donald Trump was energy independent. One of Biden’s first actions as president was to issue an executive order revoking the federal permit that authorized construction of Keystone to continue.

The 1,700-mile pipeline would have transported about 830,000 barrels of oil per day from oil fields in Alberta to refineries in Texas.

The AGs signing the letter said their states benefited economically from the pipeline in the form of jobs and operating costs in their jurisdictions.

The letter said, in part:

Following your revocation of President Donald Trump’s 2019 permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline on the first day of your administration, we have repeatedly asked you to reconsider that mistaken decision (and we continue to believe it is illegal). We warned you then that if your decision was not reversed, Americans would “suffer serious adverse consequences,” consumers would pay higher prices, and our allies would become even more dependent on Russian and Middle Eastern oil.1

We hate to say we told you.

Just over a year later, with new record high gasoline prices seemingly set every day, economy-wide inflation – the highest in 40 years – is straining the budgets of American families , and European countries are unable to impose oil and gas sanctions on Russia without risking an economic recession. Instead, European countries are spending $1 billion a day on Russian oil and gas and literally funding Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in the process.

The DTN website’s Progressive Farmer reported the letter:

The attorneys general of Montana, Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, of Texas, West Virginia, South Carolina, Utah and Wyoming said in a letter to Biden on Monday that their biggest fears about how cutting the project would affect prices of energy have come true.

Multiple reviews by the US State Department spanning two jurisdictions found that the pipeline would cause little or no environmental damage, including no adverse climate effects.

Attorneys general said a Wall Street Journal report indicated the Biden administration was trying to increase oil imports from Canada to make up for lost production in the United States.

“The oil you now want to import from Canada is the same oil that would have flowed through the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have moved nearly a million barrels a day – not just from Canada but from the Bakken oil fields in Montana and North Dakota – to U.S. refineries,” the letter reads. “The hypocrisy would be staggering if it weren’t so insulting to American energy workers and those in rural communities who have benefited from the pipeline’s many economic opportunities.”

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