Sara Carter is reporting today that 21 states have filed a lawsuit to sue the Biden administration over the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The article reports:
21 states, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, submitted a complaint Wednesday to a Texas federal court arguing that the President does not have the authority to cancel the permit.
Revoking the permit is a “regulation of interstate and international commerce” that should be left to Congress, the complaint said.
Some of the states included in the lawsuit have Democratic governors, including Kentucky and Kansas, however, all of the states have republican attorneys general.
The proposed 1,200-mile pipeline would have carried oil from Canada to the U.S.
“This pipeline was set to go through six counties in extreme Eastern Montana… five of those counties are already designated as high-poverty counties,” Montana AG Knudsen told Fox News. “The project was set to become the largest property taxpayer in all of those counties… That’s out the window. Just shy of 4,000 jobs, that’s out the window.”
The article concludes:
Kundsen called Biden’s cancellation of the permit “an empty virtue signal to his wealthy coastal elite donors.”
“The power to regulate foreign and interstate commerce belongs to Congress – not the President. This is another example of Joe Biden overstepping his constitutional role to the detriment of Montanans,” he added.
Opponents of the pipeline argue that the U.S. should not be importing carbon-intensive tar sands oil. Native American tribes have also shown opposition for the pipeline, saying the Trump administration ignored their treaty rights when approving the pipeline.
However, pipeline supporters argue that the project would bring in revenue for the states and thousands of jobs.
A victory in this lawsuit would be a victory for the American economy and a step toward continuing America’s energy independence, which is a national security issue.