Trudeau disappointed by Biden’s decision to suspend Keystone XL Pipeline
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he is “disappointed” by US President Joe Biden’s decision to suspend work on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
“Earlier today, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America. While we welcome the President’s commitment to fight climate change, we are disappointed but acknowledge the President’s decision to fulfil his election campaign promise on Keystone XL,” Trudeau said in a statement.
“I spoke directly with President Biden about the project last November, and Ambassador Hillman and others in our government made the case to high-level officials in the incoming administration,” he added.
“Workers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and across Canada will always have our support. Canada is the single-largest supplier of energy to the United States, contributing to U.S. energy security and economic competitiveness, and supporting thousands of jobs on both sides of the border. Despite President Biden’s decision on the project, we would like to welcome other executive orders made today, including the decisions to rejoin the Paris Agreement and the World Health Organization, to place a temporary moratorium on all oil and natural gas leasing activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and to reverse the travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries.”
“I look forward to working with President Biden to reduce pollution, combat climate change, fight COVID-19, create middle class jobs, and build back better by supporting a sustainable economic recovery for everyone.”
In their statement, TC Energy said they were also “disappointed” in Biden’s decision, which they said would “overturn an unprecedented, comprehensive regulatory process that lasted more than a decade.”
As part of this process, TC Energy said it was “repeatedly concluded” that the pipeline “would transport much-needed energy in an environmentally responsible way while enhancing North American energy security.”