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Keystone XL: Biden executive order breaks the spine of American & Canadian energy independence


Feb 9, 2019: As Joe Biden takes a wrecking ball to the American economy with countless reckless executive orders, his path of looming disaster has already taken its first casualties outside of the US. Top oil producing states (notably Texas, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma) are already sharing the initial pain of an anti-infrastructure and anti-energy political platform with their Canadian friend to the north (Alberta). In his first illegitimate week in office, Biden issued an alarming 22 executive orders aimed at dismantling the US economy in favour of redirecting American resources at and focus on a parade of superficial and wasteful “hip” projects. Biden’s radically “woke” platform has positioned the US and Canadian energy sectors for imminent failure and a firm reliance on other oil producing nations like Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Russia. As alluded to above, Alberta is sharing in the pain of a blundering and foggy American leader who appears to be completely oblivious to the importance of the Keystone XL Project, both in the US and Canada. Biden’s woke energy policy is based on the pursuit of the imaginary climate change “boogeyman” and a shameful redistribution of wealth/power that comes with the propping up of bogus causes, phoney pseudo-science and dirty kickbacks. The negative consequences of Biden’s decision to revoke the Keystone XL federal permit can be summarized as follows: - 1,700-mile ($800 billion) pipeline project halted after a full decade of “sunk” engineering efforts, environment impact planning and construction costs - Elimination of the capacity to carry approximately 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta, Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast - Emerging national security threat as a loss of energy independence will be coupled with renewed dependency on notoriously difficult international oil suppliers - Immediate loss of tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the US and Canada - Wasted US taxpayer investment of $7.5 billion ($1.5 billion wasted by the Albertan taxpayer) - Loss of billions of dollars (annually) from corporate income taxes, carbon taxes, royalties and foreign investments - Loss of income streams for aboriginal groups (in Alberta, 5 aboriginal tribes will lose access to a $785 million stake in the Canadian arm of the project) - The daily volume of crude moved via the Keystone XL pipeline is equivalent to the far riskier and inefficient alternatives using either 4,150 trucks loaded daily or 1,185 rail cars loaded daily - Triggering of lawsuits and litigation by the six American states participating in the pipeline route (including similar litigation activities in Alberta, Canada) - Conspicuous start to the US-Canada relationship under Biden, as the decision unfairly singles out one of America’s most important and long-standing allies So, with the slow-moving stroke of Biden’s pen, havoc was beset on communities and families across 2 nations with virtually no consideration for their well-being. Instead, Biden and his band of woke special interest renegades sacrificed a major portion of American and Canadian security, sovereignty and prosperity in order to chase socialist “rainbows” and “unicorns”. President of the Consumer Energy Alliance, David Holt, emphatically stated “President Biden bowed to the demands of a handful of special interests on his first day in office at the expense of American (and Canadian) laborers, workers, families, and small businesses who depend on reliable energy.” Furthermore, Holt stated "It is unfortunate that, in this instance, ideology has trumped common sense, and will achieve the opposite environmental effect than was intended.” (The Daily Fodder Center Square – January 21, 2021) It is worth noting that the Department of State, Department of Energy and PHMSA all concluded that the Keystone XL Project would have (1) offered a remarkably safe pipeline with state-of-the-art monitoring technology, (2) lowered gasoline and diesel prices and (3) reduced overall carbon emissions associated with alternative means of moving oil to the Texas Gulf refineries. Given all of this, it is shocking to see Biden and his team shutting down Keystone XL at a time when the US has attained net oil exporter status and full energy independence. Within 1 hour following Biden’s “inauguration”, the original permit to construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities at the international border of the United States and Canada (the “Keystone XL pipeline”) was revoked. The speed, recklessness and utter disregard for the victims of this action serves as a signal and harbinger of things to come for not only American citizens but also the citizens of American trading partners like Canada. From Biden’s swath of executive orders, it is clear that the role of progressive appearances and “woke” causes will vastly outweigh the importance of American prosperity, security and independence. Alberta and the rest of Canada received a similar wake-up call regarding Biden and his disastrous objective to dismantle the American economy and those who make it work. It is remarkable that the "Biden Nightmare" started a mere one hour (and a shocking twenty executive orders) into his illegitimate four year reign of terror. In the meantime, Biden’s feckless Canadian sidekick (Trudeau), exhibited his usual form of inert and useless leadership. By: Extremely American Colin Wright