Last updated on: 6/26/2020 11:00:07 AM PST
Should the Keystone XL Pipeline Be Built?
The Keystone XL pipeline was first proposed in 2008 under President George W. Bush. The proposal included oil facilities and an 875-mile pipeline starting in Alberta, Canada that would carry up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day to Nebraska, where the pipeline would join an existing pipeline and carry oil to Gulf Coast terminals.
President Obama repeatedly denied applications for the Keystone XL and vetoed the 2015 Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. President Trump invited resubmission of the application on Jan. 24, 2017 and issued a presidential permit for the project on Mar. 29, 2019. TransCanada announced construction would move forward on Mar. 31, 2020. However, a court ruling revoked a crucial permit on Apr. 15, 2020, further delaying the project.
"GREAT news this week regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline – moving forward with fantastic paying CONSTRUCTION jobs for hardworking Americans. Promises Made, Promises Kept! #MAGA"
Source: Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Apr. 3, 2020
[Editor's Note: On Nov. 6, 2015, Trump tweeted, "So sad that Obama rejected Keystone Pipeline. Thousands of jobs, good for the environment, no downside!"]
[Editor's Note: Stef Feldman, Biden campaign Policy Director, stated, "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.. Stopping Keystone was the right decision then and it’s still the right decision now."
Source: Rebecca Beitsch, "Biden Says He Would Revoke Keystone XL Permit, Campaign Says," thehill.com, May 18, 2020]
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