Joe Biden is ready to unleash a radical agenda on day one of his alleged presidency.
This agenda includes the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, which President Donald Trump signed an executive order allowing the project to continue in 2017.
The project would have reduced foreign dependence on oil, as well as provide tens of thousands of good paying jobs to ASmericans and Canadians alike.
The Democrats have their own agenda though, and it involves a heavy dependence on foriegn countries in the guise of being “environmentally conscious.”
President-elect Joe Biden plans to rescind a cross-border permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline on his first day in office, according to multiple reports.
The move could sound a death knell for the controversial project, which President Trump tried to resurrect early in his term after his predecessor, Barack Obama, opposed it.
The phrase “Rescind Keystone XL pipeline permit” appeared on a list of Day One executive actions that Biden’s transition team gave to American stakeholders, according to Canada’s CBC News, which first reported the development on Sunday.
The pledge did not appear on a memo that Biden chief of staff Ron Klain released Saturday outlining the administration’s early priorities, but it was included in a presentation that circulated among lobbyists and trade groups in Washington, Politico reported.
Biden’s transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday morning.
By canceling the permit, Biden would reverse one of Trump’s first presidential actions and return to the Obama administration’s stance against the pipeline, which would move oil from the Canadian province of Alberta into Nebraska.
Obama’s administration reportedly rejected the permit in 2015, saying the project would contradict its efforts to combat climate change. Trump signed an executive order allowing it to proceed in January 2017, but the project got caught up in a court battle that led to the Supreme Court upholding a ruling against it last year.
This is just one of many radical moves Biden is expected to make immediately if he is sworn in as president.
The move could hurt relations with Canada as well.
Newsweek with more:
President-elect Joe Biden has vowed to revitalize America's traditional alliances after he takes up residence in the White House this week, repairing the damage he says President Donald Trump has done to the U.S.-led international system that has dominated international affairs since the Second World War.
But Biden appears to be on course for an early head-to-head with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the $9 billion Keystone XL project, a controversial Canada-U.S. oil pipeline that has been opposed by progressives, environmentalists and indigenous groups.
Trudeau has long supported the project despite the protests, arguing it will help reduce reliance on foreign oil imports and create new jobs.
Reuters reported Monday that Biden is set to rescind the pipeline permit as soon as he takes office, perhaps on his first day in the White House, as he seeks to restore American leadership on climate change action. CBC later confirmed the rumors citing its own anonymous sources.
Biden appears a more natural partner for Trudeau than Trump, with whom the prime minister has clashed repeatedly over the past four years. But cross border ties may have to overcome an early chill if the new president does indeed stop the Keystone XL project like President Barack Obama did in 2015, citing his administration's commitment to fighting climate change.
Reuters reported on Monday—citing an unnamed source familiar with Biden's thinking—that the new president may rescind the Keystone XL permit immediately. This follows an earlier report by CBC that the words "Rescind Keystone XL pipeline permit" appear on a list of executive actions likely scheduled for Biden's first day in office.
Biden has long planned to stop the Keystone XL project, which will carry oil from the Canadian province of Alberta to Nebraska. In May, Biden policy director Stef Feldman told Politico that the former vice president supported Obama's decision to delay the project in 2015 and will "proudly stand in the Roosevelt Room again as president and stop it for good by rescinding the Keystone XL pipeline permit."