WASHINGTON, DC – On his first day in office, President Biden “disrespected” Canada and reportedly killed over 70,000 American jobs. Within hours of taking office, President Biden signed an executive order revoking the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.
.@JoeBiden wasn’t in the White House for 30 minutes before he canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline & put THOUSANDS of Union workers out of a job with the stroke of a pen.
He canceled 1.6 BILLION dollars of Union contacts & 900 MILLION dollars in Union wages.
But hey, nice hashtag. https://t.co/ckjjXyGsu5
— Sean Parnell (@SeanParnellUSA) January 21, 2021
The Keystone XL pipeline is an oil pipeline system that was being built to connect oil fields in Canada with refineries in Illinois and Texas. The revocation of the permit will prevent the pipeline from being completed.
Ending construction of the pipeline will reportedly result in the loss of 11,000 direct jobs, and another 60,000 indirect jobs in support industries. The move has been blasted by both industry insiders and unions.
Biden Day 1 planned actions:
• Rejoin Paris Agreement
• Repeal Trump travel ban
• Halt border wall construction
• Mask mandate
• Extend eviction freeze
• Unveil immigration plan
• Extend student loan pause
• Revoke permit for Keystone XL pipelinehttps://t.co/qBPWklkEos
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 20, 2021
Association of Oil Pipe Lines CEO Andy Black said:
“Killing 10,000 jobs and taking $2.2 billion in payroll out of workers’ pockets is not what Americans need or want right now”
The association said they “lamented” the permit revocation which “blocked thousands of new jobs and deprived those workers of billions of dollars in payroll salary.”
Construction of the pipeline was expected to create 10,000 high-paying, American union jobs. Under a Project Labor Agreement between four American labor unions, $2.2 billion in wages would have been paid to American workers. Additionally, the pipeline builder budgeted over $3 billion in contracts to U.S. contractors and suppliers. All new steel pipes for the pipeline were required to be made in the United States.
Canceling the Keystone XL pipeline is counter to President Biden's message of unity. Thousands of hard-working Americans are now out of work and the progress we've made over the last four years in developing America's energy independence hangs in the balance. pic.twitter.com/0sPoZk9Ubh
— Congressman Fred Keller (@RepFredKeller) January 21, 2021
The association also said that the Keystone XL pipeline project included significant environmental protections:
“Keystone XL would operate at net-zero GHG emissions. Its $1.7 billion investment in new, privately-funded renewable power infrastructure would provide 100% of the power to operate the pipeline.
The project sponsor also executed a renewable power MOU with North America’s Building Trades Unions to construct this renewable power infrastructure with a $10 million Green Job Training Fund for union workers.
“Blocking Keystone XL may ironically lead to an increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions…Denying construction of Keystone XL means much of that crude oil will travel by train or truck instead, producing greater GHG emissions, more air pollution, and more traffic congestion.”
I'm disappointed in President Biden's decision to end the Keystone XL pipeline and what this will do to the people of Montana.
See my letter from yesterday ⤵️ https://t.co/IX8J1HJ8Vu
— Matt Rosendale (@RepRosendale) January 21, 2021
Another point made by the association in a release posted on their website was that cancellation of the pipeline would adversely affect Native American communities:
“Native American partnerships in the project would generate more than $1 billion in equity ownership opportunities with input into construction and operations.
The project sponsor committed over $500 million for Native American suppliers and employment opportunities for tribal communities.
Rural America would lose out on over $100 million of annual property taxes that would have gone to rural communities.”
BREAKING: The new U.S. president issued a sweeping order tackling climate change, which included revoking the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. https://t.co/LnxcbLozEj
— CBC News (@CBCNews) January 20, 2021
North America’s Building Trades Unions also issued a statement reacting to the President’s decision:
“Environmental ideologues have now prevailed, and over a thousand union men and women have been terminated from employment on the project,”
While not denying the inevitable loss of jobs, Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg claimed Thursday that the loss of jobs will be offset by new positions created by a shift in administration policy toward climate-conscious goals:
“I believe that the president’s climate vision will create more jobs on that. And I think it’s going to be very important to work with him and work with Congress to make sure that we can deliver on that promise too.
That on that, more good-paying union jobs will be created in the context of the climate and infrastructure work that we have before us than has been impacted by other decisions.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) challenged Buttigieg asking, “So for those workers, the answer is somebody else will get a job?”
“The answer is we are very eager to see those workers continue to be employed in good-paying union jobs, even if they might be different ones.”
Opinion: Cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline starts Biden and Canada on the wrong foot https://t.co/e7Vd1gtdTS
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 22, 2021
American unions and officials were not the only critics of President Biden’s termination of the pipeline. Canada’s Premier of Alberta Jason Kenney blasted the decision:
“We have the biggest bilateral trade relationship between Canada and the United States. But the biggest part of that trade is Canadian energy exports — largely from our province of Alberta.
We have the third-largest oil reserves in the world. We ship about $100 billion of energy to the U.S. every year. Keystone XL would have meant a significant, safe, modern increase in that shipment.
It is very — it’s very frustrating that one of the first acts of a new president was I think, to disrespect one of America’s closest friends and allies.”
This is not the first time President Biden has played a role in stopping the construction of the pipeline. In 2015, the pipeline was sidelined by then-President Barack Obama while Biden was his Vice President. President Donald Trump reactivated the pipeline’s construction in 2017.
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Path of destruction: Biden plans to issue executive orders to reverse many of President Trump’s actions
November 9, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – Joe Biden plans to issue executive orders during his first days in office to reverse many of President Trump’s actions. These changes include national security and immigration issues.
Biden’s planned executive actions include:
— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) November 8, 2020
According to the Washington Post, Biden has told his transition team to start researching how to use executive power to reverse key policies that President Trump and his administration have in place.
According to the Post, Biden has every intention of reversing the tight restrictions that the Trump administration has in place against countries like Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. President Trump claims restrictions were in place because of the number of terrorism links in those countries, and the inability to accurately determine who a person was that was coming out of that country.
New: Biden will sign exec orders on first day as POTUS, reversing Trump policies:
—Will rejoin Paris climate accords.
—Reverse withdrawal from the World Health Organization.
—Repeal ban on immigration from Muslim-majority countries.
—Reinstate DACA. https://t.co/slVRBEMQdA
— Paul Farhi (@farhip) November 8, 2020
Biden also plans to reinstate protections that former President Barack Obama had in place for the children that were illegally brought into the country by their parents from other countries, mainly Mexico. The program, known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), was attacked by the Trump administration.
Biden also wants the United States to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord. President Trump removed the United States from the agreement because of its projected impact on the economy, and the accord’s price tag. According to Tanguy Gahouma-Bekale, who was the chair of the African Group of Negotiators, former President Obama and his administration had pledged $3 billion dollars to help vulnerable countries ‘attack’ climate change.
President-elect Biden plans to issue multiple executive orders upon transition into White House, campaign officials say.https://t.co/pd8aEmVX6m
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 9, 2020
Biden also will move quickly to reestablish membership with the World Health Organization. President Trump had removed the country from the membership because of what he felt was a bias towards China in terms of how the COVID-19 virus was initially handled. President Trump was also upset that the United States was the largest financial contributor to the organization, sometimes as high as $400 million a year.
Biden’s team is making the move toward executive orders while the United States waits to see which party will have control of the Senate moving into 2021. Two Senate seats are still up for grabs in Georgia, as neither party in that race won the 51% needed to avoid a runoff in the state. That race will be decided in January of 2021.
A few things the Biden administration may do early on to address climate change:
– Rejoin the Paris Agreement
– Convene global leaders
– Reverse energy rollbacks
– Make climate part of pandemic relief
– Sign executive orders to cut emissionshttps://t.co/7RRcv9P7qi
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 8, 2020
If Biden does not win control of the Senate in January, he may be forced to use Executive Orders to enact his agenda as any bill passage would be difficult under a Republican Senate.
A former adviser for Biden told the Post:
“I expect that to be freely used in a Biden administration at this point, if the Senate becomes a roadblock.”
In the past, Biden has criticized President Trump’s use of executive orders to get his agenda working. In November of 2019, while in Iowa, Biden said:
“We almost don’t want to talk across the aisle. You hear Democrats saying, ‘I’m going to get elected and I’m going to by executive order do the following’…Come on, executive orders are basically menus to abuse the power of the presidency.”
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to issue a series of executive orders on the first day of his presidency to reverse many of President Trump's policies.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 9, 2020
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