Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Slams Biden’s Keystone Pipeline Cancelation

“Insults Canada,” “slaps Canada…” I need to keep trying to learn learn from the Wall Street Journal how to sound so calm and diplomatic when describing how I (and they, apparently) feel about what is an obviously ridiculous, un-scientific, fully ideological, and possibly unconstitutional abomination.

Biden’s Keystone Pipeline Kill
On his first day he insults Canada and ends thousands of jobs.
By The Editorial Board, Jan. 20, 2021 6:15 pm ET

“President Biden issued a blizzard of executive orders on his first day in office, including a diktat to revoke the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. This is a slap at Canada, and it sends a message to investors that playing by U.S. rules provides no immunity from arbitrary political whim.

“TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) has been stuck in the quicksand of American politics for more than a decade. A 2004 executive order requires the State Department to approve cross-border projects. In 2008 TC applied for a permit to transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude per day from the Alberta oil sands to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast.

“The Obama State Department found five separate times that the pipeline would have no material impact on greenhouse gas emissions since crude would still be extracted. Shipping bitumen by rail or tanker would result in 28% to 42% higher CO2 emissions and more leaks. No matter. President Obama in 2015 rejected the permit as an oblation to the Paris Climate accords.

“President Trump gave the right of way, but legal challenges by anti-fossil fuel groups marooned the pipeline and ran out the clock on the Trump years. Now Mr. Biden is yanking Keystone’s permit and rejoining the Paris agreement. Neither action will matter to the climate. …”

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