(ReliableNews.org) – When President Joe Biden took office in January, one of his first actions was to end construction on the Keystone XL pipeline. The move led to outrage from both Americans and Canadians. Recently, nearly two dozen states have taken action against the president’s action.
Keystone XL Lawsuit
On Wednesday, March 17, 21 states filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for Southern Texas over Biden’s decision to cancel the pipeline. They argue that the president exceeded his authority by stopping the construction of the pipeline because a provision of a 2011 tax bill required former President Barack Obama to issue a determination showing why the pipeline wasn’t good for the country, or approve it within 60 days.
The states involved in the lawsuit are:
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
- North Dakota
Many of the states involved, like South Carolina and Georgia, aren’t near the locations where the Keystone XL was supposed to go through. However, they still believe they have standing in the case because the pipeline will impact the economy in their states and across the country.
Not the Only Lawsuit Biden is Facing
Biden has issued executive orders on a wide array of policies during his first two months in office. He has also been sued over a number of them. In February, 12 states filed a lawsuit calling his new carbon rules “arbitrary and capricious.” Montana and Arizona also sued last month over the new president’s immigration laws. Texas has filed its own lawsuits against the Biden administration and the list goes on.
If Biden continues to act in ways that Republicans feel are against the best interests of Americans, he will almost certainly be seen as a failed president. The Keystone XL cancelation cost many Americans their jobs and hurt the energy sector while the country is in the midst of an economic downturn. His policies aren’t good for the US and conservatives are fighting back.
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