Congressman Barry Moore, R-Alabama, announced that he was co-sponsoring legislation to authorize construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline connecting Canada’s tar sands oil deposits with American refineries.
“Now more than ever, job creation and promoting American energy is paramount,” Moore said.
Moore has joined Congressman Kelly Armstrong, R-North Dakota, along with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, and 83 Republicans in cosponsoring the Keystone XL Pipeline Construction and Jobs Preservation Act.
New President Joe Biden halted work on the Keystone XL Pipeline by executive order just hours after being inaugurated as President of the United States in January.
“On day one, President Biden made the deeply misguided decision to revoke the Keystone XL Pipeline permit, effectively signing pink slips for thousands of American workers during a global pandemic and undermining the United States’ energy independence,” Moore said. “Now more than ever, job creation and promoting American energy is paramount. If their goal is to address climate change, they should promote affordable, cleaner energy solutions, not job-killing policies that raise energy costs for Americans and create energy dependence on Russia and the Middle East.”
“One day into his new administration, President Biden issued an Executive Order cancelling construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Let’s be clear: this administration is no stranger to poor priorities, but cancelling the Keystone Pipeline is one of the worst examples of governance to come out of the Biden Administration.
“Ending work on the Keystone Pipeline will cost America tens of thousands of good-paying jobs. This isn’t theoretical—it already has. It risks the livelihoods of not just those who work on the pipeline, but also of countless businesses who depend on pipeline workers to keep their doors open. It will also be devastating for our national security.
“It’s becoming abundantly clear that we live in two separate worlds, and while millions of Americans struggle with the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s alarming to see the Biden Administration go out of its way to inflict more suffering on every-day Americans. To put America back to work, the President must cancel this Executive Order. And if not, he at least owes a visit to the thousands of Americans he is so callously putting out of a job.”
The Keystone XL Pipeline is part of an extensive grid of energy infrastructure that was designed to promote America’s economy and energy independence. Over the last four years, the Trump administration tried to further the construction of the $9 billion, 1,200-mile pipeline, which would transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to Nebraska every day.
On his first day in office, Biden issued an executive order that revoked the pipeline permit, destroying over thirty thousand jobs. Biden claims that the move was necessary to fight global warming. The Keystone XL Pipeline Construction and Jobs Preservation Act overrides the president’s executive order by declaring that a presidential permit is not required and authorizes the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Moore is in his first term represents Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District.