(CNS News) -- After his inauguration on Wednesday, Jan. 20, President-elect Joe Biden (D) plans to rescind the permit for the construction and integration of the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, according to a Biden briefing book seen by the media and reported on by the BBC.
The decision appeared on a transition briefing memo listing several executive orders scheduled for day one of the new administration. Such a rollback is one of the executive actions to be passed within Biden’s first 10 days, as announced by Chief of Staff Ron Klain (D) on Saturday.
“On Inauguration Day, President-elect Biden will sign roughly a dozen activities,” and “additional executive actions to address the climate crisis,“ Klain wrote.
Earlier this year, Biden’s campaign issued a statement desiring to “stop [the pipeline] for good by rescinding the Keystone XL pipeline permit.”
Operated by TC Energy Corp., the completed pipeline would span over 1,000 miles and transport up to 35 million gallons of crude oil from Canada to the United States daily. Activists have long-criticized the project for its use of tar sands fossil fuel. In an effort to win back support, TC Energy Corp. reportedly drafted several environmental procedures to adopt by 2030.
Biden’s critics in both Canada and the United States contend that the action both harms industry and American primacy by weakening relations between the two countries and forcing reliance on exports from volatile OPEC countries.
In 2017, President Trump issued an executive order allowing Keystone to construct and operate new facilities importing crude oil across the border. The administration’s approval of the pipeline reversed former president Barack Obama’s previous veto of the project in 2015.
In October 2020, Keystone XL announced that it had awarded $1.6 billion in contracts to U.S.-union contractors for pipeline construction in three states. “The six contractors will be directly responsible for hiring more than 7,000 union workers in 2021, with special emphasis placed on hiring locally first and giving priority to qualified local and Indigenous-owned businesses,” said the company.
If the Biden-Harris administration stops the pipeline, those union jobs (and $1.6 billion in gross wages) will not be created, reported Audrey Conklin with FOX Business News.