During President Biden’s inauguration speech, he championed unity. He pleaded for the citizens of the United States to come together in order to move forward as a union. He used his words in an attempt to ease skeptical Republicans while also backstroking Democrats who gave him the keys to the Oval Office, and a majority in Congress. But while President Biden stood on the steps of our nation’s Capitol and encouraged us to heal, our attention should have been focused on his contradictory actions taking affect over 1,000 miles away in the Midwest. Within the first 24 hours of his administration, President Biden revoked the Presidential permit needed to complete the Keystone XL Pipeline Project, and by doing so signaled that from day one, political posturing will take precedent over American interests and play a major role in his agenda.
For the uninitiated, the Keystone XL Pipeline Project is a product of Canadian energy company, TC Energy. It is, “a 1,210-mile pipeline capable of safely delivering 830,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska, where it will connect with TC Energy’s existing facilities to reach U.S. Gulf Coast refiners…” By rescinding the Presidential permit (granted by President Trump in 2017), President Biden ensured oil cannot pass via pipeline from Canada to the United States. But if President Biden allowed the Keystone Project to continue, he would in fact be living up to his campaign promises by supporting a project that would become the first pipeline ever to run 100 percent off renewable energy.
TC Energy issued a press release stating their commitment to long-term sustainability in a last-ditch effort to save the pipeline project by appealing to President Biden. Their commitments included the following:
· Operations for the pipeline would achieve net zero emissions by 2023.
· The pipeline would be operated by 100% renewable energy sources by 2030.
· A commitment of $1.7 billion dollars towards renewable energy investment.
As stated earlier, this commitment by TC Energy falls in line with President Biden’s campaign promises. So why is he against an energy project that would reach net zero emissions 20 years before his 2050 goal? It’s because his party has pinned him into an anti-fossil fuel corner. Democrats on the far-left refuse to acknowledge the pro-environmental innovations happening right now in the energy sector. They are not interested in how oil and natural gas companies have invested billions into carbon capture technology. Technology that reduces carbon emissions and helps recover trapped oil.
When President Biden rescinded the Presidential permit for the Keystone pipeline, he killed the safest and most cost-effective option for transporting oil from Canada to our refineries in Houston and Port Arthur. Furthermore, he strained our trade relationship with Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Head of the Liberal Party in Canada, Trudeau is overseeing his own aggressive climate change initiatives including pushing Canada to exceed the emission reduction target set by the Paris Climate Agreement and getting to net zero emissions by 2050. Yet Trudeau supports the pipeline, saying he was “disappointed” to hear President Biden bunked the $8 billion dollar project.
Americans don’t trust the news they see on TV, the stories they read on social media, or the politicians who are on both. We need true and honest leadership now more than ever, and President Biden knows the truth. He knows that our country, our economy, and our day to day lives cannot transition from fossil fuels anytime soon. To say otherwise is just political pandering to a fraction of the Democrat base and its leaders. Instead of pandering, President Biden should acknowledge that it is private sector innovations, such as carbon capture technology & the Keystone XL project that will help keep our environment clean while providing the energy we need.