Joe Biden will yank away the permit of Keystone XL pipeline if elected president.
This is according to POLITICO. The decision would end the logjam over the pipeline project and kill it forever. President Obama was against the Keystone pipeline project as well and Biden is expected to follow the same precedent.
The Keystone XL pipeline project is rife with environmental concerns. TC Energy owns the project and plans to start transferring 83,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada to the US this year. Biden opposing the Keystone pipeline will surely make things uncertain for TC Energy.
Trump supports the pipeline project, as do Republicans. The president signed a permit for the pipeline himself last year. He did this in order to take the State Department out of the picture and end the decade long problem. Biden promising to take away the permit will naturally raise the stakes for the November election, especially for TC energy.
Keystone Pipeline Claim is the Start. Biden To Make More Policy Positions Known
Biden promising to stop the Keystone pipeline is not a coincidence, considering he is trying to woo the progressive base of the party. Progressives have always been against the pipeline. During the Obama administration, Biden stood with his president to oppose the Keystone pipeline as well.
There is a feeling Biden could take up many more progressive positions in the coming weeks besides opposing the Keystone pipeline. The New York Times is the latest publisher to talk about how Biden and his party are ready to spend if they’re elected to power in January 2021. Even moderate and conservative Democrats, according to the NYT piece, are starting to realize the massive spending needed to restore the economy.
The Biden campaign recently established six task forces for six different issues such as climate change, immigration, and so on. On these task forces, Biden will invite progressive caucus members like AOC and Pramila Jayapal.
While the progressive base is cold on the idea of Biden and his task forces, the Keystone pipeline position is a good start.
Democrats Changing Gears with Pandemic
The Keystone pipeline position is interesting as it sets Biden up for progressive positions.
When moderate Democrats coalesced behind Biden in March, the motto of the campaign was simply a return to normalcy. However, Biden and the Democrats now realize the sheer size of the job they will have on their hands if they get into power. Republicans won’t agree to spend any more than they usually do. It will remain up to Democrats to pull the country back with big spending plans.
Although Senator Sanders lost the primaries, his call for greater government spending may end up becoming the motto for the party. Sanders is also working closely with the Biden campaign. Unlike 2016 when the Clinton campaign and Sanders didn’t get along, the Vermont Senator and Biden are great friends.
Even though most establishment Democrats don’t like him, Senator Sanders is one of the most popular politicians in America. He could yet play a crucial role in helping his friend Joe Biden win the election.
(Image Credit – Gage Skidmore)