By: Varun Kumar
January 19 2021
According to a person familiar with Biden’s plans, he could cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline in his first few days.
According to a person familiar with Biden’s plans, he could cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline in his first few days. The Keystone XL Pipeline is a project which was designed to take as much as 830,000 barrels a day of Canadian and North Dakota crude to refineries in Texas and Louisiana for processing into oil that could be exported overseas or used to enhance domestic supplies. The project has not yet been completed, and according to a person familiar with President-elect Joe Biden's plans for his first days in office, Biden could cancel the permit on this first day or within the first few days. In 2015, former President Barack Obama rejected the project's license, explaining that it weakens American leadership's transition to sustainable fuels. The project has always been met with pushback from environmentalists who say that pipeline contributes to climate change. The Trump administration reversed that decision in early 2017. On January 17, 2020, the CBC News reported that President-elect Biden plans to cancel the project's permit on his first day in office. It obtained a briefing note from Biden's transition team, which has not been publicly released. In response to the CBC's news, on January 18, Bernie Sanders tweeted, "The Keystone pipeline is & always has been a disaster. I'm delighted that Joe Biden will cancel the Keystone permit on his first day in office. With all of the major crises facing America, we must never lose sight of the most existential threat facing our planet: climate change."