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Canadian Premier Calls For Biden To Reconsider Trump-Backed Keystone Pipeline

The premier of Alberta, Canada, is calling for construction to resume on the Keystone XL pipeline backed by former President Donald Trump in order to replace Russian oil imports in North America. 

“If the United States is serious about this, they could come back and help us build Keystone XL,” Premier Jason Kenney said at a press conference on Monday. “If President Biden had not vetoed that project, it would be done later this year – 840,000 barrels of democratic energy that could have displaced the 600,000 plus barrels of Russian conflict oil that’s filled with the blood of Ukrainians.” 

The Obama administration in 2015 pulled support for the Keystone XL pipeline due to climate and public health concerns, but Trump revived the project in 2017 and construction started in 2020. On his first day in office, President Biden issued an executive order revoking the cross-border permit, and TC Energy abandoned the $9 billion project in June 2021. 

Though the Keystone XL pipeline had secured most of its funding, a Reuters Fact Check said less than 10% of the pipeline had been built by Jan. 21, 2021, when Biden pulled the plug on its permit. Indigenous groups and activists praised the cancelation of the project, which meant thousands of workers in Canada and the U.S. hired to build the pipeline lost their jobs.  

The Biden administration has begun courting Venezuela, Iran and Saudi Arabia for their oil supplies as the Russian forces continue to invade Ukraine. 

Yet, Kenney said Saudi Arabia is using oil money to drop barrel bombs on Yemeni civilians, the Iranian regime has dropped bombs on civilians in Syria through the Assad regime and Venezuela is “a regime that kills its political enemies and is one of the worst human rights violators on the face of the Earth.” Gas prices topped $4 in the U.S. this week.

Kenney, who will be traveling to Houston, Texas, for the CERAWeek energy conference to advocate for a Russian oil embargo, summarized current U.S. energy policy as “to stop exports from America’s closest friend and ally,” meaning Canada, and to “increase exports from one of the worst regimes in the world.” 

“None of this makes sense, so I will be speaking truth to power in the bluntest terms possible,” Kenney said. “If the U.S. administration wanted instead of going cap in hand to the Venezuela, Saudi and Iranian dictatorships to replace Russian conflict oil, we could turn this around, I believe in less than a year.” 

He estimated the Keystone XL pipeline could be completed by the first quarter of 2023. 

According to the Alberta government’s website, the Keystone XL pipeline would have covered more than 1,200 miles from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska. It would have had the capacity to carry 830,000 barrels per day of crude from western Canadian oil fields to Gulf Coast refineries in the U.S.

In 2021, the U.S. imported an average of 209,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Russia, according to the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers trade association. Though that’s only roughly 3% of U.S. crude oil imports, Russian imports are crucial to refineries on the West and Gulf coasts. 

Asked how high must gas prices get for Biden to consider putting aside his ambitious climate goals to increase domestic oil production, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki asserted on Monday that the U.S. must reduce dependence on “fossil fuels and foreign oil” to avoid ceding to “the whims of a foreign dictator.” 

“The U.S. produced more oil this past year than in President Trump’s first year. Next year, according to the Department of Energy, we will produce more oil than every — than ever before,” Psaki said Monday, arguing that there currently are 9,000 unused approved permits to drill on shore.

“But if we’re looking to the future,” Psaki continued. “What we can do to prevent this from being a challenge in future crises — the best thing we can do is reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil, because that will help us have a reliable source of energy so that we’re not worried about gas prices going up because of the whims of a foreign dictator.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. crude oil production reached almost 11.8 million barrels per day in November and topped 12 million barrels per day by February.  

In reference to Iran, Psaki pointed out that Trump abandoned the Iran Nuclear Deal in 2018.  

“I don’t think anybody is advocating for Iran to continue acquiring a nuclear weapon, perhaps except for the former president who pulled us out of the deal,” she said. 

Addressing soaring gas prices, Kenney also announced Monday that Alberta would stop the collection of the provincial fuel tax. He said it was to offer relief from Canadian Minister Justice Trudeau and the Ottawa-based federal government’s carbon tax rate on gasoline set to increase again on April 1. 

“Between the uncertainty caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, plus skyrocketing inflation spurred on by Justin Trudeau’s reckless deficit spending – and on top of all that, his plan for a carbon tax hike on April 1st is costing families more and more to get their kids to school and to drive,” he said.

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      • Did you know why oil prices went up it was because producers shut down 95% of the US Gulf crude oil and 94% natural gas. Why because of Gulf storms. After these storms their were problems restarting. Storms also effected Texas oil refineries which took time to get it up and running. Now that we are cutting Russian oil we need to find other sources to make up the difference. Even if we started building the Keystone XL pipeline you could not get a drop through till 2030. Most of your readers would not remember during WWII America had gas ration stamps, and every time you gas up a stamp was taken from your ration book. Biden is looking at all sources so we can keep gas prices DOWN

  1. He is responsible for the high price of fuel by it shutting and other things down …
    Its time he open things up again …

  2. only an idiot or someone who has stock in russian oil would stop the keystone pipeline ,,,,, and guess who’s profiting from stopping it ,,,, biden and family members and obama

    • Don’t forget Warren Buffett. His company owns BNSF which transports the oil from North Dakota to the gulf coast refineries. Biden has to pay off the large contributions Buffett gave to his campaign.

  3. I hate to be the one to remind you but old Joe & many of the house & sent & others have big big money dealings in Iran & joes many dealings in China check it out the Chinese own a lot in the us & it’s said the biden family is up to its neck & in bed with years of buying & selling us out check it out .my own openion go ahead are you chicken.

  4. Working with Iran Venezuela and Russia is insanity. They are evil tyrants. The solution is right under our feet do Biden should use our own energy. Climate change policies be dammed.

  5. This is all part of Obama’s hate for the US. He is the puppeteer for Biden. He did nothing for the US when he was in office. His hatred for the US is a matter of record. Biden is a senile old man who does whatever the America haters tell him. To him this is all about the money.

  6. BIDEN HAS GOT TO GO! He wasn’t elected in the first place. All of these DemoCorruptionists must be taken out of office for corruption against the United States.

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