(TargetLiberty.org) – Hours after taking office, President Biden signed an executive order canceling the Keystone XL pipeline – and wiping out 14,000 existing and future jobs. Unions were quick to criticize the move, and now state officials are joining in the effort.
On February 9, a group of 14 state attorneys general sent Biden a letter asking him to revisit the Keystone XL cancellation. The letter was initiated by Montana AG Austin Knudsen (R), and supported by 13 other Republicans. Many of them represent states that will be directly affected by the loss of the pipeline. Knudsen says Montana stands to lose $58 million a year in tax revenue, with most of the economic losses hitting counties that already have high poverty rates. Other AGs say the loss of the pipeline will hit the whole US economy, giving them an interest in it, too.
— Attorney General Steve Marshall (@AGSteveMarshall) February 9, 2021
In the hard-hitting letter, the AGs pointed out that Biden’s executive order doesn’t explain how this is supposed to solve any climate problems – the oil will still be extracted and used. It will just have to be transported to the US in other ways. They added that the executive order is “a symbolic act of virtue signaling to special interests and the international community.”
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