At a Time When Texans are Struggling, Biden Campaign Says He Would 'Proudly' Rescind Permit to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline
HOUSTON, Texas – Harris County Republican Party Chairman Cindy Siegel released the following statement regarding reports that President-elect Joe Biden will rescind the permit for the bipartisan Keystone XL pipeline via executive action on his first day in office:
"Right out of the gate, Joe Biden’s campaign has said he would ‘proudly’ rescind the permit and stop the bipartisan Keystone XL pipeline. Not only will Biden end tens of thousands of good-paying U.S. jobs and raise energy prices, but he will destroy significant current and future economic and energy security benefits to our region by cutting off the crude oil transport to refineries in Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast. And instead of relying on our close ally Canada, Biden would force us to rely on more hostile energy sources to meet our needs. At a time when Texans are already struggling, they deserve to know – will Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher and Harris County Democrats stand up for their constituents and speak out against Joe Biden's job-killing executive order or cave to their radical party boss on day one of his presidency?”
According to Bloomberg, Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., said "per-barrel oil sands greenhouse gas emissions 'have dropped 31% since 2000, and innovation will continue to drive progress.'" The company behind the pipeline, TC Energy Corp., said it plans to "achieve net zero emissions across operations when the Keystone XL is placed into service in 2023."
In the 114th Congress, legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline passed both the U.S. House and Senate with bipartisan votes. In February 2015, a bipartisan coalition of 24 Governors, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott, called on President Barack Obama to reconsider his plan to veto the legislation approving the pipeline. President Donald Trump approved the permit in 2017.