Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) alongside other senators from central and western states said on Wednesday that they plan to introduce legislation to authorize the Keystone XL Pipeline to resume construction. The senators will also set forward a resolution to press Biden to offer the Paris climate agreement to the Senate for advice and consent before rejoining the agreement.
Their announcements come after Biden stepped to revert former President Donald Trump’s resolutions to withdraw from the Obama-era United Nations treaty and grant authorization to allow for the construction of the oil pipeline system that traverses through the U.S.-Canada border.
Trump had previously grilled the Paris agreement for negatively affecting the U.S. economy and unbalanced standards between nations.
Similarly, the former president’s granting of the Keystone permit broke a decade-long stalemate in Congress and court litigation that delayed the construction of the oil pipeline system. The pipeline would export crude oil from tar sands in western Canada across the continent to the Gulf Coast of the United States. It was a frequent target of environmentalists, who physically attempted to block its construction, but also backed by many for the jobs and energy security it could bring to America.
This day one executive action has been publicly criticized by Republican legislators and experts informing about the “devastating economic consequences” they could bring.
“It’s only day one, and with the stroke of a pen, Biden has already taken steps to kill American energy projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline which is critical to energy producing states like Montana,” Daines said in a statement on Wednesday.
“This project will create thousands of jobs, generate tax revenue for local communities, promote North American energy security and independence, and it is the safest and most environmentally friendly way to transport oil. We must do all that we can to ensure construction moves forward.”
The project, according to Daines, is expected to provide about 71,000 jobs.
Meanwhile, Daines had a problem with the Paris Agreement for being “poorly negotiated, fatally flawed” while characterizing it as “a bad deal for American families everywhere.”
“Rejoining this agreement places our country at a competitive disadvantage and will lead to higher energy prices for Montana families and job loss in a time when rural economies are devastated, all for minimal benefit,” Daines said. “At the very least, I urge President Biden to do what the Obama administration refused to do and submit the Paris Agreement to the Senate for consideration as required under the Constitution.”