Keystone XL is out; Dakota Access next?
January 19, 2021
President-elect Joe Biden is wasting no time reversing the climate and energy policies of President Donald Trump. The incoming administration signaled Monday that it will end United States backing of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The Biden plan, reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Company, makes the case that supporting the $8 billion pipeline no longer works in the era of climate change. The 1,210 mile structure was supposed to deliver tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the midwest and eventually ports on the Gulf Coast.
Tribes along the route have mostly been opposed to the project. Just this month the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Fort Belknap Indian Community filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior for issuing a permit for the pipeline. The tribes said the Interior Department did not seek tribal consultation before green lighting the project.