A coalition of 21 Republican Attorneys General just moved to file a major lawsuit against the Biden administration on Wednesday regarding President Joe Biden’s executive order that ending the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The 21 Attorneys General filed the suit against President Joe Biden in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
The suit includes the attorneys general from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
“This Administration has sought to leverage its power regarding U.S. foreign policy to unilaterally contradict Congress’s stated domestic policy regarding one of the most significant energy projects in a generation: the Keystone XL Pipeline,” the lawsuit claimed.
Former President Donald Trump authorized the presidential permit for work on the pipeline. The act created thousands of U.S. jobs, including 11,000 direct jobs that were ended through Biden’s order.
The pipeline’s end destroyed an estimated additional 60,000 jobs in related industries. In total, more than 70,000 jobs were lost in the decision.
Austin Knudson, Attorney General of Montana, stated, “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.”
Biden may exercise presidential authority through his executive action, but states continue to pursue other avenues to change the Keystone XL pipeline situation. If overturned, Congress would be forced to reinstate funding.
Many American workers eagerly await action regarding the lawsuit. Biden’s pen may have ended jobs, but the American people continue to fight for their return.