TC Energy, the company that developed the Keystone XL pipeline, is suing the Biden Administration and seeking $15 billion to recover from the damages of Biden’s block on the project. Democrats have been choosing Ivy League activists over blue-collar Americans for far too long.
One of President Joe Biden’s first acts in the White House was to close down the Keystone XL pipeline, which killed thousands of good American jobs. The lawsuit comes as Biden bragged on Twitter later on about creating 3 million jobs. Since Biden took away good-paying jobs, employees had to fend for themselves and it could cost American taxpayers. TC Energy is looking to recover the financial damages.
“TC Energy will be seeking to recover more than US$15 billion in damages that it has suffered as a result of the U.S. Government’s breach of its NAFTA obligations. The Notice of Intent was filed with the U.S. Department of State,” the release stated.
At least 21 other states are also suing Biden to get an answer and reverse the order. They said that they would be adversely affected by Biden’s orders and that “one man destroyed the economy of multiple states with just a wave of a pen.” The states suing are Texas, Montana, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The pipeline would’ve carried 800,000 barrels of oil a day from the tar sands of Canada into the U.S. and was estimated up to 11,000 jobs, with even more for blue-collar workers, yet Biden argued that the project “dis-serves the U.S national interest.” He said that the United States and the rest of the world were facing a climate crisis that could set the world on a “dangerous, potentially catastrophic, climate trajectory.”
Mark McManus, president of the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters said in a January statement that pipelines like Keystone XL remain the “safest and most efficient modes of energy transportation in the world.” He criticized the president for putting thousands of union workers out of work.
“For the average American family, it means energy costs will go up and communities will no longer see the local investments that come with pipeline construction,” McManus warned.
Politicians have been trying to destroy the fossil fuel industry bit by bit without giving any viable alternatives for the union workers. John Kerry, the presidential envoy for climate, told workers that they could “go make solar panels.” Even Biden’s secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, said those workers just need to “get different ones.”
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz called Kerry’s comments an arrogant, out-of-touch statement for a centi-millionaire to say. He said the Biden Administration was not presenting a unified message to the working men and women in this country.
“You know, ‘You little people, you know, I don’t like the choices you’re making, and so your jobs go away,’ as John Kerry said right there. ‘Quelle surprise!’ That the Democratic elites have decided that blue-collar workers, that union members, that men and women with calluses on their hands, they’ve made the wrong choices, in John Kerry’s words,” Cruz said.
Biden was in such a rush to kill American jobs and reverse Trump-era policies that he violated NAFTA. The suit says that the president forgot about existing trade agreements. Work was started on the agreement, money was spent, and then they went against the agreement. TC Energy says that Biden needs to pay up.
The Keystone cancellation was just another political move to push a far-left agenda. If a company commits resources to the job, then the government should be responsible for the expenses and loss when they strip that away. Next, the contractors who were building the wall should go after Biden.