21 Attorneys General sue Pres. Biden over his shutdown of the Keystone XL Pipeline project

Breitbart reports that the attorneys general of twenty-one states have now brought a lawsuit against the Biden administration for its decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit. 

Leading the way here are Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) and Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen (R). They are joined by the attorneys general of  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The group filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Wednesday.

Background

This all has to do with the Keystone XL pipeline, a 1,200-mile oil pipeline that would run from Canada to Nebraska, where it would connect with other pipelines.

Advocates have been trying to get the pipeline built for many years now. And, after the project stalled during the administration of Barack Obama, it finally got the go-ahead from President Donald Trump, who approved the last permits that the project needed to get started.

Construction had already begun before President Joe Biden took office, but one of the first things that Biden did was to revoke the permits that Trump approved, thereby putting an end to the project.

In doing so, Biden sided with those who believe that the pipeline would cause environmental problems.

Such power belongs to Congress, not the president

What Paxton, Knudsen, and the 19 other attorneys general are doing with this lawsuit is challenging whether Biden, as president, has the authority to revoke the Keystone XL pipeline permit.

“Revocation of the Keystone XL pipeline permits is a regulation of interstate and international commerce, which can only be accomplished as any other statute can: through the process of bicameralism and presentment,” the complaint reads. “The President lacks the power to enact his ‘ambitious plan’ to reshape the economy in defiance of Congress’s unwillingness to do so.”

It ought to be noted that not all congressional Democrats side with Biden on this one, meaning that if the permit is for Congress to revoke, then there is no guarantee that Congress would revoke it.

On top of this, Paxton said that Biden’s revocation of the permit would “also devastate the livelihoods of thousands of workers, their families, and their communities.”

Estimates indicate that Biden’s decision could put up to 70,000 Americans out of work.

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