President Joe Biden started to fulfill his campaign promises to crack down on fossil fuels on his first day in the White House. On Inauguration Day, the president signed a host of executive orders to target climate change. The most noteworthy is said executive orders included Biden’s decision to stop the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
On Day One, Biden will revoke a presidential permit for construction of the $9 billion, 1,200-mile pipeline that would transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil daily from Alberta, Canada, to Nebraska, according to a list of executive actions provided to FOX Business.
It is unclear how the Biden administration plans to address job losses that would come with ending construction of the massive pipeline, but his $2 trillion clean energy infrastructure plan, with its goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, aims to “create millions of good-paying jobs that provide workers with the choice to join a union.”
Biden also plans to create 250,000 jobs “plugging abandoned oil and natural gas wells” as part of the infrastructure plan.
President Trump had overturned President Barack Obama’s decision to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which for years was under scrutiny from environmentalists and Democratic politicians.