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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.
After reading the fine print, it turns out President Trump’s memo issued over the weekend extending his 10-year offshore oil and gas drilling ban from Florida all the way up the East Coast to Virginia, contains a poison pill — it also bans offshore wind development.
Why This Matters: It is disappointing from both a climate change perspective, but also because the offshore wind farm leases were selling for hundreds of millions of dollars all of which would be paid to the government.
Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state will phase out sales of all gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. As Governor Newsom said in a separate event with Democratic governors yesterday, people have climate “goal fatigue” and are ready for the application of those goals–this move on gas-powered cars walks the walk on California’s ambitious […]
H/T to renews.biz, an energy news platform, for that headline, and to PepsiCo for making it possible. PepsiCo, one of the largest companies in the world — with a global carbon footprint — announced plans this week to transition to 100% renewable electricity across all of its company-owned and controlled operations globally by 2030 and […]
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