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To put it bluntly, the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline has been a 12-year catastrophe. From when the pipeline (stretching from Alberta to Nebraska) was first proposed in 2008, to when it was vetoed by President Obama in 2015, to the Trump administration’s fractured attempt to reinstate construction, the pipeline has been the embodiment of the battle between the past and the future when it comes to energy infrastructure.
Environmentalists are almost universally against the pipeline’s expansion which is why it was welcome news when Joe Biden announced yesterday that he would rescind President Donald Trump’s permit allowing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to cross the border into the U.S. A move that, as Politico explained, would effectively kill the controversial project.
Clear Signal: Biden campaign policy director Stef Feldman said in a written statement to POLITICO:
“Biden strongly opposed the Keystone pipeline in the last administration, stood alongside President Obama and Secretary Kerry to reject it in 2015, and will proudly stand in the Roosevelt Room again as President and stop it for good by rescinding the Keystone XL pipeline permit.”
Former Vice President Biden has been criticized for his unwillingness to commit to banning all fracking should he be elected president. From the beginning of his 2020 presidential bid, Biden has worked on a measured approach when it comes to fossil fuel energy infrastructure. But committing to putting a stop to the Keystone XL pipeline sends a message of Biden’s commitment to putting the nation on a path to a clean energy economy.
Now the question will be, how will the Biden campaign counter attacks from the right that squashing KXL is a blow to jobs? If the campaign can successfully message its stance on the pipeline it will prove to be an important roadmap for the Democratic party–which has yet to find its footing in messaging the massive job-creating potential of the Green New Deal.
Why This Matters: Car companies have long been allies of the fossil fuel industry. Now they are pivoting and expanding into EVs, not only pledging to reduce emissions but to go fully electric in coming decades.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer On Monday, the Biden administration announced that it had approved a $550 million solar energy project—named the Crimson Solar Project— with the capacity to power almost 90,000 homes. This project will be built on 2,000 acres of federally owned desert land west of Blythe, California. This area, halfway between […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Keystone XL isn’t the only oil pipeline under threat of having its permit revoked. A battle is ramping up in Michigan, where Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered Calgary-based Enbridge to shut down a nearly 70-year-old pipeline that carries millions of barrels of crude oil beneath the Great Lakes each day. Indigenous communities […]
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