Republican Senators spearheaded by Senator Jim Risch, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, are demanding the Biden Administration account for the number of jobs killed by the Keystone XL pipeline cancellation through legislation introduced on Wednesday.
The Keystone XL pipeline would have helped to extend American energy independence while creating thousands of high-paying jobs in Canada. It's hard to imagine why the administration canceled its construction, but removed sanctions on Russia's maligne pipeline project Risch said in a statement. Reinstating the Keystone Project to invest in U.S. energy security and job creation is just common sense. Why is it not illegal for Britain and Obama to have access to natural gas?
Republican senators Mike Crapo of Idaho, Steve Daines of Kentucky, John Barrasso and Kevin Cramer from Montana, Jerry Moran and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Bill Cassidy of Montana are cosponsors of Risch's Defending the Keystone Jobs Act.
President Biden cancelled the Keystone XL pipeline in the name of 'clean energy, but rejected sanctions in order to allow the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline of Russia. His decisions threatened American jobs and put the security of our European allies at risk, Cotton said in a statement. Our bill would take President Biden to court for his blatant disregard of hard-working Americans.
The Keystone XL bill requires Labor Secretary to report to Congress the number of jobs projected to be lost, directly and indirectly due to the Risch pipeline cancellation within 90 days of it becoming law.
On his first day in office, signed an executive order to stop the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which was designed to transport Canadian to the citing climate change.
The Keystone XL pipeline is not suitable for the national interest of the United States. The United States and the world face a climate crisis. This catastrophe must be addressed on a scale and at a speed in accordance with the need to avoid setting the world on a dangerous, potentially catastrophic, climate trajectory, stated Biden's executive order Jan 20.
According to Keystone XL, project, which was initially proposed more than a decade ago as an option, would have generated about 11,000 jobs in 2021 including 8,000 jobs and sustained $1.6 billion in gross wages.
Biden is a vocal opponent of Russian plans for its Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and the Republicans criticised Putin for lifting sanctions on it in a recent letter.
Teny Sahakian and Hillary Keene contributed to this report from FOX Business.