American leaders challenge Keystone XL cancellation as Russian aggression continues
Russian aggression against Ukraine means Keystone XL – the pipeline killed by President Joe Biden on his first day in office – is getting lots of attention from lawmakers in the U.S.
Over the past week, American leaders have been challenging the year-old decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline project, calling for its reinstatement.
Here’s what they have to say:
Congressman Rick W. Allen (GA) spearheaded a letter signed by over 40 members of Congress to Biden urging him to include in his State of the Union address a strong commitment to rebuild American energy independence by reopening the Keystone XL pipeline and spurring domestic oil production.
“We urge you to include in your speech a strong commitment to … restore the Keystone XL pipeline. America must once again be energy independent so the world is less reliant on malign actors.”
Senator Steve Daines (MT) said:
“President Biden set us on a dangerous path when he decided to kill the Keystone XL pipeline on day one in office. What’s happening in Russia and Europe is a stark reminder of the need to support American energy development, not hinder it. Energy security is national security, and a global energy dominant America is a safer world. Biden must restart the Keystone XL pipeline now.”
Senator Bill Hagerty (TN) tweeted:
“Their myopic green energy policies—like killing the Keystone XL Pipeline on day one—are what funded Putin’s aggression and got us here in the first place! The Biden Admin still doesn’t get it!”
Senator Tim Scott (SC) tweeted:
“American energy independence = American national security.
Six years ago, when the Democrats aborted the Keystone [XL] Pipeline — potentially crippling American oil & gas production — they strengthened Putin’s position.
The administration should immediately reauthorize the Keystone [XL] Pipeline and ensure that Nord Stream 2 never becomes operational.”