Work on the Keystone XL project is being suspended in anticipation of USA president-elect Joe Biden revoking its vital presidential permit once he is sworn in, Calgary-based TC Energy Corp. said Wednesday. "Google has supported action on these important issues & we look forward to working with the new administration to help the United States recover from the pandemic + grow our economy". From there, the oil would travel via existing pipelines to reach refineries around the Gulf of Mexico.
One of Biden's first signed executive orders was to revoke the presidential permit to build the pipeline shortly after being sworn in.
But the impact could be blunted by companies that stockpiled drilling permits in the closing months of the Trump administration.
Trudeau issued a statement Wednesday saying he was disappointed but acknowledged President Biden's decision to fulfil his election campaign promise on Keystone XL.
Environmentalists have opposed the pipeline because it facilitates the use of fossil fuels that contribute to carbon pollution and climate change. It may be a relief to have a more stable US President in charge, but Biden wasn't elected to help Canadians. Finally achieving this policy of US energy independence in recent years due to American innovation and entrepreneurship has led to low energy prices that help working families keep more money in their pockets, a resurgence in American manufacturing jobs and the ability to bring our soldiers home.
"Justin Trudeau should have done more to stand up for our world-class energy sector and the men and women who depend on it to provide for their families", O'Toole said.
"This oil is going someplace, regardless", he said.
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Kenney said the move was a "gut punch for the Canadian and Alberta economies" and that the new USA administration should have consulted Canada before taking the decision. The Dakota Access Pipeline, which crosses Iowa on the way from the Dakotas to IL, could also transport the oil.
"Let's be clear about what happened today. He thinks it's possible to do both", Psaki said.
Biden revoked Keystone XL's approval on Wednesday in one of his first moves as USA president. Moe called the move "a devastating blow to North American energy security".
Daines' Montana counterpart, Democratic Sen. The pipeline's construction has drawn opposition from many Native American and First Nations leaders.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is among those urging Trudeau to take Biden to task over the decision and to "respond with consequences" if it's not reversed.
The phone call, Biden's first with a foreign leader since taking office this week, comes as the new administration turns its focus to the country's economic recovery.
"Surely that is the least that our closest friend and ally owes Canada, which is to respectfully discuss and review the decisions", he said.