Cancelling Keystone XL is Dangerous to Our Economic Well-Being and National Security
Rep. Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL)
Energy Innovation Agenda: Clean Energy Infrastructure
Bill: Keystone XL Pipeline Construction and Jobs Preservation Act
The Keystone XL Pipeline was first proposed more than 13 years ago to transport oil from Canada, one of our closest allies, to refineries in the United States. The construction and operation of this pipeline would create more than 11,000 jobs, decrease our reliance on energy from hostile foreign countries, and bolster our national security. Then, Biden killed the project, which has undergone extensive environmental reviews and received all necessary permits from numerous federal and state agencies.
This is why I introduced the Keystone XL Pipeline Construction and Jobs Preservation Act. This legislation authorizes the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline and declares that a Presidential permit is not required. Beyond the immediate effect of the project being stopped, the revocation of this permit will make energy infrastructure developers apprehensive about moving forward with other projects that bring millions of dollars of investment to states like North Dakota.
Make no mistake, this is not just about one pipeline. Whether it is the Dakota Access Pipeline, Line 3 Pipeline in Minnesota, Line 5 Pipeline in Michigan, or the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in the eastern part of the country, fossil fuel opponents have waged a full assault on energy infrastructure. Climate activists have determined that they can damage the influence of energy producing states like North Dakota by attacking national infrastructure, which will grind our economy to a halt. The attacks on projects such as the Keystone XL and DAPL are the new normal and we can expect them on every single energy infrastructure project.
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