A federal judge has dismissed an effort by a team of state attorneys general to challenge President Joe Biden’s executive order to halt construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Judge Jeffrey Brown, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, ruled against the 20 GOP attorneys general, “Because the plaintiffs seek to revive a project that its owner has permanently abandoned, they ‘lack a legally cognizable interest in the outcome.”
‘It Is Dead’: Federal Judge Sides With Biden Administration on Keystone Pipelinehttps://t.co/5NACHJDLaw
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) January 8, 2022
Biden ended the pipeline through an executive order on Jan. 20 as one of his first acts in office. Climate change activists applauded the move, though the action ended thousands of American jobs.
“The Keystone XL was expected to transport 838,000 barrels of crude oil from the Alberta tar sands through Montana and South Dakota to Steele City, Nebraska, where it would hook up with the existing Keystone pipeline en route to Gulf Coast refineries,” the Washington Times reported.
“The Biden administration has been accused of contributing to rising energy prices with the Keystone XL cancellation and other policies restricting U.S. oil-and-gas production,” it added.
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— Allen Acre / GreenAcres (@AcreAllen) January 9, 2022
The decision is one of many harmful policies Biden made in his early days in office that set the pattern for widespread economic failures during his first year as president.