WASHINGTON, D.C. – President-elect Joe Biden is expected to cancel the permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline soon after he take office this week.
According to CBS7, on Jan. 18, a number of political figures are predicting that one of the first things that Biden will do once in office is discontinue the construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline that will stretch across the United States and into Canada.
The pipeline has been under construction off and on for years but was shut down by the Obama administration in 2015. In 2017 President Trump approved a permit to allow the construction to resume.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said on Twitter that cancellation would eliminate jobs, weaken U.S.-Canada relations and undermine American national security by making the United States more dependent on OPEC oil imports. TC Energy Corp., which operates the pipeline, said it would achieve net zero emissions by 2023 when it enters service. The company also pledged to use only renewable energy sources by 2030 in a bid to win Biden’s support.
Biden is still expected to put a halt to the construction.
When President Obama stopped construction, he claimed it was because Canada would reap most of the economic benefits, while the project would add to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
Biden will be sworn-in as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday.