Joe Biden will revoke the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would effectively kill the controversial project if he’s elected president according to his campaign team.
USAToday reports Joe Biden’s presidential campaign said Monday that if he were elected to the White House, he would rescind the Keystone XL Pipeline permit.
The Keystone XL pipeline proposal was initially rejected in 2015 by the Obama administration, which included Biden as vice president, but approved two years later by the Trump administration. Rescinding the permit for the pipeline allowing it to cross the border into the United States would effectively kill the project.
Stef Feldman, the Biden’s campaign policy director, told the USA TODAY in a statement that “Biden strongly opposed the Keystone pipeline in the last administration, stood alongside President Obama and Secretary Kerry to reject it in 2015, and will proudly stand in the Roosevelt Room again as President and stop it for good by rescinding the Keystone XL pipeline permit.”
“Stopping Keystone was the right decision then and it’s still the right decision now,” Feldman continued, while also blasting President Donald Trump for withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement and gutting environmental regulations.
“That denial of science ends on day one of a Biden presidency,” she said.
The statement from the presumptive Democratic nominee’s campaign is the first about how he would handle the long-stalled and controversial project.
The $8 billion pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, through Nebraska and ultimately to refineries in Texas.
Trump issued a permit for the construction of the pipeline weeks into his presidency after making the pipeline a central promise of his presidential campaign.
The project has hit multiple hurdles, including outspoken opposition from native tribes, landowners, and environmental groups. It has also been blocked in court. That block is facing an appeal from Trump’s administration.
The president has been continually vocal of his support of the pipeline despite the potential environmental implications, insisting that it would “create thousands of jobs.”
The Keystone XL became a lightning rod for President Barack Obama’s energy policy, with the administration taking seven years to make a decision before ultimately killing it over environmental concerns.