Canadian leaders react to Biden cancellation of Keystone XL: “gut punch”

Canadian leaders react to Biden cancellation of Keystone XL: “gut punch”
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Canadian lawmakers have issued stern responses to U.S. President Joe Biden’s efforts cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, which bridges Canada’s Alberta province and the state of Nebraska, costing thousands of jobs on both sides of the border. 

Following Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, the 46th President rescinded the approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, previously greenlit by former President Donald Trump. The crude oil pipeline has been singled out by environmentalists and progressive Democratic politicians opposed to the use of fossil fuels, despite American’s continued dependence on the resource.

“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 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement, according to Reuters

“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,” he added. “Workers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and across Canada will always have our support.”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he was “deeply disturbed” by Biden’s repeal of the agreement. 

“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. 

The Alberta-based TC Energy Corp. announced that it had suspended construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline ahead of Biden’s inauguration, in anticipation of the revocation of the 2017 agreement. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe described the suspension of work as “incredibly troubling.”

“Now is the time for our nations to strengthen our trading relationship, not erect further barriers to collaborative and sustainable development,” said Moe, according to the Financial Post

The Keystone pipeline system runs from the crude oil tar sands in Alberta through North Dakota, where it is directed to oil refineries in Illinois and Texas. Should the Keystone XL extension be constructed, it would carry over 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Canada and through North Dakota to Nebraska, where existing pipelines would transport the crude oil to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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