Biden Attack on Keystone Pipeline Bodes Ill For Jobs, Economy

Katie Ramirez
January 25, 2021

Trudeau was on deck later Friday to be Biden's first phone call with a foreign leader since taking office, and promised to express Canada's frustration with the president's Day 1 decision to cancel the pipeline expansion.

President Joe Biden's cancellation of the Keystone XL project has put Justin Trudeau in a no-win situation. "This devastating move not only hurts the American worker and hampers our energy security, but it is also strongly opposed by our northern neighbor Canada - a vital ally and economic partner".

"We are disappointed but acknowledge the president's decision to fulfill his election campaign promise on Keystone XL", Trudeau said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Canadian prime minister's office said the pair discussed a range of issues, including "working closely together to defeat" the Covid-19 pandemic.

We have so much alignment, not just me and President Biden but Canadians and President Biden.

Kirsten Hillman, Canada's ambassador to the US, told CBC she thinks Canada has to accept that and move forward.

In a letter sent to Trudeau today, Kenney called for economic retaliation against the US or compensation for TC Energy and the province for the loss of billions of dollars.

He also said the US should pay reparations to Calgary-based TC Energy Corp. for the money it wasted rushing ahead with the project in the hopes that if Trump wasn't elected, Biden could be bullied into allowing the work to continue on the grounds it had already been started.

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U.S. Sen. James Lankford aptly called the Keystone order "irrational", but the White House said it was among those targeting permits "that do not serve the U.S. national interest".

Mexico's Lopez Obrador wrote on Twitter that his discussion with Biden had been 'friendly and respectful'.

But it's considered unlikely that Mr Trudeau will take strong action in response.

Keystone XL has also committed to investing more than $10 million to create a Green Jobs Training Fund to help train union workers for jobs on a growing number of renewable energy projects expected in the coming years and become the first pipeline to be fully powered by renewable energy.

"We will fix our alliances and engage with the world once again, not to meet yesterday's challenges but today's and tomorrow's challenges", Biden had said in his inaugural address on Wednesday.

In 2017 then-President Donald Trump signed a presidential permit for the project.

Meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce predicts the pipeline would produce 20,000 jobs during manufacturing and construction, generate almost $140 million in annual property tax revenue for state and local governments where the pipeline is located, and generate $585 million in new taxes for those communities.

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